Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi scored second-half goals and goalkeeper Tyler Miller posted his second shutout of the season as Los Angeles FC blanked the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Friday night.
Vela and Rossi now have four goals each for L.A. early in the club’s first Major League Soccer season.
Los Angeles (3-2-0) posted its first win in three games. The Whitecaps (3-3-1) have gone winless in two straight games and four of their past five.
Playing with five defenders, L.A. allowed Vancouver few chances before a disappointed crowd of 22,120 at B.C. Place Stadium. Vancouver’s offense was further limited by the absence of top striker Kei Kamara, who suffered an undisclosed injury in training Thursday.
Rossi clinched the win for L.A. as he secured a 2-0 lead following a miscue by Whitecaps captain and center back Kendall Waston in the 70th minute. As Vancouver goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic went up to catch a high ball, Waston jumped, too, but did not notice him. The teammates collided, the ball bounced to the ground and, moments later, Rossi put it in the net.
Vela opened the scoring in the 59th minute as he casually curled in a shot from inside the Vancouver box while nobody marked him.
L.A. left back Jordan Harvey played his first game against his former Whitecaps squad since leaving the team as a free agent in the offseason. The Whitecaps honored Harvey, Vancouver’s all-time leader in MLS games, minutes played and starts, in a brief pregame salute.
Harvey made his first start with his new club in place of suspended defender Joao Moutinho. As a result, Harvey surpassed the 23,000-minute mark in MLS career.
Vancouver midfielder Felipe played in his 200th career MLS contest, while Caps winger Cristian Techera played in his 100th contest in the circuit. All of Techera’s games have come with the Whitecaps.
L.A. controlled the ball in many of the early minutes, but could not score. Walker Zimmerman came close in the 28th minute, though, as he clanked a header off the crossbar. In the 39th minute, Marinovic punched Mark-Anthony Kaye’s shot over the bar.
Moments before Rossi scored his insurance marker, Miller stopped Marcel de Jong’s shot from distance, and the Whitecaps managed little else offensively in the remainder of the game.
Harvey received a loud round of applause as he subbed out in the 86th minute.
—Field Level Media