The Vancouver Whitecaps traveled to league
leading dominating Los Angeles Football Club. Marc Dos Santos made four changes from the Seattle Sounders match, with Canadians Teibert, Henry, and Crepeau coming in, along with Levis for Adnan.
5⃣-3⃣-2⃣ for #LAFCvVAN— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) July 7, 2019
Pres. by @CapitalDirectCA#VWFC pic.twitter.com/5EDh0o6tc0
Fans were curious why Adnan sat this one out, which the Whitecaps social media had an answer for.
Ali Adnan’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC) will be re-issued when the international transfer window opens in Canada on July 9, at which point he will be eligible to play again.— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) July 7, 2019
There was not a lot of optimism heading into this one from Whitecaps faithful! Only one predicted a Caps victory in our Guess the Starting XI and Final Score, while our own Caleb Wilkins began his 86Forever Twitter commentary with a warning.
Folks, LA are amazing and #VWFC are without arguably their best player. But fear not because @wilkins_caleb24 is on the 1s and 2s to get you through what could be a long night.— Eighty Six Forever (@86forever) July 7, 2019
However, the game started with optimism, with Reyna pouncing on another keeper error (he is good at being at the right spot for those!). Although, Reyna was also helped out by Canadian Jakovic. Hmm, maybe it was a good idea not to bring him to the Gold Cup! After that goal though it was all downhill for the Caps
For the next thirty minutes, the Caps played in a VERY low block, with Caps absorbing the LAFC offense. However, that tactic can only last so long. After several close calls, LAFC finally broke through in the 35th minute, thanks to an own-goal from Bob Bradley’s son-in-law, on a corner kick. Five minutes later, LAFC capitalized on another corner kick, to make it 2-1 heading into the half.
Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool #VWFC pic.twitter.com/SxYd5hNKm1— Eighty Six Forever (@86forever) July 7, 2019
LAFC dominated the first half, with a shot advantage of 15-1, 8-0 on corners, and 68% of the possession. And yet, it was only just beginning. This was no Haiti/Canada match though (too soon?). There was no sudden change and LAFC continued to dominate in the second half.
One minute in, LAFC made it 3-1. From there, it began target practice for LAFC, scoring again 54th, 70th, and 72nd minutes to cruise to a 6-1 victory.
When you thought that the night could not get any worse, Montero came on only to receive a red card in the 85th minute. I guess the positive is that he will likely see time on Wednesday in the Canadian Championship. Glass half full?
I tend to make these longer, but there is not a lot to write about with this one. LAFC showed why they are tops in Major League Soccer, and clear EIGHT points (now) in the Supporters Shield standings. They have only two losses on the season, strangely to Vancouver and Colorado, and Carlos Vela leads the league in goals (19) AND assists (12). By the way, Diego Rossi is third now, with 10. They are truly the class of the league and it was expected that the Caps would leave LA with a defeat, but no one probably expected this. Hopefully it is a learning lesson (can it be?) and the Caps can come forward stronger. Also, hopefully it emphasizes where the Caps are in this league, to management. We all know of course.
#VWFC are extremely lucky that MLS doesn't have relegation. The way they played today they would be a typical relegation candidate in any other league. I get that this is a rebuild but this rebuild needs a big shot in the arm from the ownership. #LAFCvVAN— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) July 7, 2019
What are your thoughts on this...embarrassment?