After a heartbreaking, last-second, loss to Toronto FC on Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps get back to work with an MLS matchup with LA Galaxy. With Independence Day being on Monday, this match will take place on Monday instead of the traditional Saturday or Sunday, which should benefit those who played for the Caps on Wednesday evening. Although it is worth noting that LA played in Portland on Wednesday night as well, in the US Open Cup.
While the LA Galaxy were successful on Wednesday night, winning 1-0, their recent run-of-form in MLS has been poorer. Prior to Giovani dos Santos’ goal against San Jose Earthquake last weekend, the typical offensive juggernaut had not scored in 371 minutes. Additionally, they have not won in their last 7 MLS matches, having 2 losses and 5 draws. Despite their poor run, LA have averaged 2.2 goals scored per home game and only 1.0 against.
Comparatively, the Vancouver Whitecaps have been up and down all season. After winning 3 straight, the Caps have 1 win, 2 losses, and 1 draw in their last 4 MLS matches. After struggling against the LA Galaxy upon their entrance to MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps have had more success of late with 2 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws in their last five against LA.
To-date, the Caps are averaging more goals scored on the road (1.8) than to at home (1.4), however, they are also conceding an astonishing 2.5 per game on the road. Of their 8 road games, they have yet to shutout an opponent and have conceded only 1 goal twice.
With LA Galaxy on poor form and the Whitecaps ability to get points on the road, this is a great opportunity for the Caps to grab 1 or 3 points during their Independence Day visit to the Stubhub Center. At the same time, the high number of goals conceded on the road for the Whitecaps is cause for concern and we could see this game as a potential turning point for the star-studded LA Galaxy where they blow out the Caps.