Report Card: LA Galaxy v. Vancouver Whitecaps

Report Card: LA Galaxy v. Vancouver Whitecaps
Galaxy 3, Whitecaps 0: Ibrahimovic amazes, leaves Caps playoff hopes emaciated
Vancouver (11-12-7) dropped their third in a row with a 3-0 loss to the the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night just days after dismissing head coach Carl Robinson and his assistants, and moving Craig Dalrymple, technical director for the Whitecaps FC Academy, into the role of acting coach for the rest of the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the scoring for the Galaxy with a goal in each half as the Whitecaps failed to make ground in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot in the MLSs Western Conference. Vancouver sits in eighth at 40 points, five behind Real Salt Lake and four back of Los Angeles.

Vancouver (11-12-7) dropped their third in a row with a 3-0 loss to the the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night just days after dismissing head coach Carl Robinson and his assistants, and moving Craig Dalrymple, technical director for the Whitecaps FC Academy, into the role of acting coach for the rest of the season.

Whitecaps forward Kei Kamara said despite the coaching changes, the club was mentally prepared for the match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the scoring for the Galaxy with a goal in each half as the Whitecaps failed to make ground in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot in the MLS's Western Conference. Vancouver sits in eighth at 40 points, five behind Real Salt Lake and four back of Los Angeles.

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“It doesnt really change much, you know, because its the same team were playing with. Same guys. Im hoping its the same attitude,” he said.

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Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the fourth minute, finishing into the lower left corner. Romain Alessandrini drew the foul against Marcel de Jong.

The Galaxy (12-11-8) made it 2-0 in the 58th minute when Ibrahimovic drove in from 40 yards out, faked out defender Aly Ghazal and sent home a right-footed blast from the top of the box. It was Ibrahimovic's 20th goal of the season.

The Galaxy (12-11-8) made it 2-0 in the 58th minute when Ibrahimovic drove in from 40 yards out, faked out defender Aly Ghazal and sent home a right-footed blast from the top of the box. It was Ibrahimovics 20th goal of the season.

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Dalrymple said he was pleased with the Whitecaps fight, especially after Ibrahimovics penalty, given the circumstances surrounding the club.

"Not an easy week for the team but the challenge was there ahead of them in terms of getting themselves back on track and focusing on the task at hand," he said.

“Not an easy week for the team but the challenge was there ahead of them in terms of getting themselves back on track and focusing on the task at hand,” he said.

Since moving to DC, former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has transformed the fortunes of DC United and become a hero among the fans. His heroic performances have seen the club rise up the Eastern conference, and last night was no exception. DC United extended their unbeaten run to five matches as they thrashed Montreal Impact 5-0, with Rooney bagging two of the goals.

Regardless of the odds facing the Whitecaps in attempting to qualify for the post-season, Kamara said they need to push forward.

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The Swede opened the scoring from the spot before doubling the Galaxys lead with an excellent solo goal. He also played a part in their third – winning a penalty that he unselfishly allowed Romain Allesandrini to take, and the Frenchman made no mistake.

For reference, I grade based on numbers, where a professional, relatively mistake free, and effective match in their respective role will earn a player a 6.0. Over or under that reflects my personal opinion of how a player performed. If you agree or disagree, be sure to chime in below in the comments.

Meanwhile on the west coast, LA Galaxy welcomed the Vancouver Whitecaps to the StubHub Centre, and cruised to an easy 3-0 victory thanks to two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović.

1 – Stefan Marinovic – 4.0 – While you cant fault him for giving away either penalty kick, and he did guess the right way on both, Zlatans second was a howler. He has to make that save, it was straight at him. While the defence in front of him was poor, his shot stopping wasnt much better.

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28 – Jake Nerwinski – 5.0 – Alessandrini and Cole owned him, and the right flank all night, he looked like he could barely get into the game. Continually the French winger had plenty of space to do whatever he wanted, whether it was play a cross,

That result, coupled with Seattles 4-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, did do some harm for the Houston Dynamo. Despite taking a 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday the Dynamo could be knocked out the playoffs on Sunday should Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City. 

4 – Kendall Waston – 4.0 – He didnt concede either penalty, sure. But how many headers did Zlatan win, and how many did Kendall win? Stats show that he won 2 headers all night, while Zlatan won 6. but there was still plenty of room as the Caps were on the back foot all night.

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2 – Doneil Henry – 3.0 – What was he thinking making that challenge to concede the second penalty? He wasnt in position to win the ball, he looked tired and appeared to just throw in a if I dont do something hes going to score anyways tackle. Poor defending on the whole, continually losing aerial battles all night long.

Toronto FC stayed alive in the playoff hunt as well, taking a 4-1 win over the New England Revolution. The defending MLS champion will still need some help to earn a place in the postseason, but survived to fight another day. 

17 – Marcel de Jong – 5.0 – Much like Doneil – what was he thinking making the challenge on Alessandrini? That blunder aside, de Jong did play several nice passes forward to release Davies and Shea on the left flank, so he was positive going forward, and he got a dangerous shot off (which I still think was on target).

Ibrahimovic wasnt the only former Manchester United star scoring in MLS on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney netting two goals of his own as D.C. United earned an impressive, and vital, 5-0 win over the Montreal Impact. 

66 – Aly Ghazal – 5.5 – Considering the team was trying to press high, theres going to be more pressure for a player like Ghazal to mop up when the press gets broken. While he normally offers that ability to sense danger and break up attacks, Ghazal was actually more of a liability in this one. He made some sloppy tackles, including one that Ibrahimovic nearly drilled the resulting free kick into the top corner from. He was easily beaten for the second goal, too and on the whole, not just Zlatan but dos Santos, Ola Kamara, and the Galaxy attack in general had plenty of joy in the middle of the park.

The loss cliched a playoff bye for the New York Red Bulls, who will fight it out with Atlanta United for the top spot in the conference starting with tomorrows showdown between the two at Red Bull Arena.

67 – Alphonso Davies – 6.5 – Anything dangerous that the Caps did last night was coming through Davies. While he was a bright spot on a dismal night in LA for Vancouver, its so hard to look at this iteration of the Whitecaps and see how theyre going to create chances to score without him in 2019.

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11 – Nicolas Mezquida – 5.0 – Asked to play differently than were used to seeing, Mezquida was also involved in trying to press the Galaxy high up the pitch as well as drop deeper to help defend. That said, while he was asked to do that – I didnt particularly think he did it well. Nico was a bit guilty of ball watching when the Caps didnt have possession, and in his hour on the pitch he didnt create anything of note going forward.

Collecting the ball a good distance outside of the area, Zlatan brushed off the approaching Ali Ghazal to bring the ball on the outside of his foot, took aim, and unleashed an absolute firecracker past the helpless Stefan Marinovic.

31 – Russell Teibert – 6.0 – Was asked to lead the press going forward, as Craig Dalrymple had clearly instructed the team to try and limit LAGs time on the ball. I thought he had a good game dictating most of the Whitecaps attacking tempo, and he completed 96% of his passes on the night.

Ibrahimovic was instrumental in the Galaxy storming to all three points at the StubHub Centre in this weekend’s fixture but, as befitting of his calibre and character, couldn’t do it in understated fashion.

20 – Brek Shea – 6.0 – Hang on a second – can we say this? I guess so. Shea had a decent game last night, while he couldnt find a goal or anything to that effect, and he was typically sloppy at times in the final third picking a pass – he brought some good energy against both Fletscher and Cole. Not the worst hour Ive seen him play in 2018.

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23 – Kei Kamara – 6.0 – He can only do so much, and as always, he was a willing runner last night trying to get on the end of through balls and crosses. Probably could have had a goal in the second half with a header on target from one of Phonzies crosses, but overall, I cant ask too much more from Kei. Also – that chip would have been a goal of the season candidate if it went in.

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8 – Felipe – 5.5 – He was an improvement on Mezquida in his half hour, but thats not saying a lot. In his first action he got down the channel well, but he played his cross too close to Bingham, and he was long with his other two balls in from the flank.

13 – Cristian Techera – 5.0 – Techera got almost a full half hour on the pitch and was essentially invisible. He barely got on the ball, and he didnt produce anything when he did. He misplaced half his passes, and picked up a yellow late on for no reason making a foul on David Bingham.

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77 – Jordon Mutch – 5.0 – He only got 10 minutes when the game was already out of hand, but I still dont know what Mutch offers the team. He tried some long passes over the top, but nothing came from it.

In the end it was a result that essentially confirms the Caps will miss the Playoffs this season. What were your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with the grades handed out?

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