VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC & MLS NEWS
MLS MATCHDAY #5
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SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
MATCH RECAPS & ANALYSIS
Whitecaps survive Matias Laba’s red card, play Galaxy to scoreless draw – Vancouver Sun
The Vancouver Whitecaps held on for a 0-0 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday despite having Matias Laba shown a straight red card in the first half.
Whitecaps survive red tide in scoreless draw against Galaxy – The Province
MLS is quickly becoming the Oprah Winfrey of soccer leagues. “You get a red card, and you get a red card. Everybody gets a red card!” OK, we’re not quite there.
Ousted records clean sheet as short-handed ‘Caps earn gritty 0-0 draw versus Galaxy – Whitecaps FC
Playing down a man for more than 60 minutes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-2L-1D) put on a gritty performance against LA Galaxy (2W-1L-1D) in front of an expanded capacity crowd of 27,038 fans on Saturday night at BC Place, earning a scoreless draw despite losing three of their mainstays midway through the first half.
Report and Reaction: Vancouver Whitecaps lose Matias Laba to PRO plague but hold on for draw against LA – AFTN
Another Saturday, another Vancouver Whitecaps suspension. It’s gone so far beyond farcical now that even the opposition managers are moaning about the red cards being dished out. Matias Laba was the latest victim of the PRO plague, forcing the ‘Caps to play over an hour a man down on their way to grinding out a 0-0 draw at home to LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Red, red whine – Soccer Shorts
It’s not completely clear what Major League Soccer is trying to achieve with the “every imperfect challenge is a red card” policy but if it’s to make games less enjoyable for the people who pay good money to go to the stadiums and for those who are watching on TV then it’s been a roaring success.
Arena critical of LA Galaxy’s inability to grab win despite man advantage – MLS
Despite being up a man for more than an hour following Matias Laba’s 28th-minute red card, the LA Galaxy found it tough going against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night, before being forced to settle for a point in a scoreless draw.
Whitecaps Play to Scoreless Draw Against LA Galaxy – Eighty-Six Forever
The Whitecaps made the best of a bad situation on Saturday night, playing to a scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy. The Whitecaps were really put through the grinder on the night, with two players suffering injury and a red card handed out that reduced them to 10 men. Considering the circumstances, a draw wasn’t exactly the worst possible outcome.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, LA Galaxy 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap – MLS
Laba’s ejection is likely to be the big talking point coming from the game. Some will argue that the decision is overly harsh, while others will say the call is in line with other red cards given so far this season. Regardless, it’s another tough blow for Vancouver, who have already had another player sent off during a game and two additional players given suspensions by the MLS Disciplinary Committee in 2016.
MATCH NEWS & PREVIEWS
Preview: Big crowd expected as Whitecaps FC host LA Galaxy Saturday at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Will he insert Perez in Kudo’s place? Or will he revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation? Either way, the ‘Caps will be looking to get going offensively. All six of their goals this season have come from set pieces, including four penalties from captain Pedro Morales.
MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Vancouver’s Masato Kudo, fines two more – MLS
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended Vancouver Whitecaps forward Masato Kudo one game for simulation/embellishment in the 22nd minute of the Whitecaps’ 1-0 win against Houston on Saturday. Kudo went to ground in the box and was awarded a penalty that Pedro Morales subsequently scored. Due to the impact Kudo’s simulation had on the match, the Committee ruled to suspend him for Vancouver’s game against the LA Galaxy on Saturday.
Whitecaps keeper Ousted on MLS’s retroactive refereeing: ‘I think it’s misplaced’ – The Province
Count David Ousted among the concerned. In the soccer world, MLS has been precedent-setting in its attempt to modify player behaviour through retroactive suspensions since 2012.
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy – AFTN
Can Vancouver Whitecaps make it three wins on the bounce? LA definitely seem to bring the best out of Vancouver’s players when the Galaxy come to town. With a couple of their top guys missing, it’s a great chance for the ‘Caps to continue their recent winning ways, but can they finally get that elusive goal from open play?
Galaxy’s Keane sidelined following knee surgery – Soccer America
The LA Galaxy will be missing midfielder Steven Gerrard for its game against Vancouver Saturday, and won’t have striker Robbie Keane available for at least a month.
Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy Game Preview – Prost Amerika
The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Los Angeles Galaxy meet on Saturday April 2,2016 at BC Place Stadium at 7 pm PST in a early season key MLS match which should attract 25,000 fans.