The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Sept. 1 at the Home Depot Center. With the victory, the LA Galaxy remain undefeated against the Whitecaps all-time (4-0-1).
The Galaxy got goals from David Beckham and Juninho in the match. Juninho scored the game-winner on one of his trademark blistering shots from outside the penalty area in the 41st minute. The Brazilian midfielder was set up on the goal by passes from Hector Jimenez and Robbie Keane. Juninho took a touch after Keane teed him up and then blasted his shot past Whitecaps goalie Brad Knighton. Beckham scored on a free kick from just outside the area to seal the win in the 79th minute (click to see the Beckham free kick).
The Galaxy backline prevented the Whitecaps from registering a single shot on goal during the match. Vancouver also managed just two shots during the game. L.A.'s backline blocked two crosses, had six interceptions and 17 clearances for the match. The shutout win was the seventh in the last 15 MLS matches for the Galaxy.
The Galaxy needed to get the full three points from the match because other teams around them in the Western Conference standings have played fewer matches. Although it is too early to confirm numerically, the win probably locked up a playoff bid for our side. Playoff seeding could play a role, but the Galaxy are playing well enough at this point of the season to have a good chance to successfully defend their MLS Cup title.
Our side now has an extended break from games due to the upcoming international match dates for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. Galaxy captain Landon Donovan picked up a hamstring strain in the last U.S. Men's National Team match on Aug. 15. Donovan has missed four Galaxy matches across competitions since the injury. The Galaxy's next match will be on Sept. 14 against the Colorado Rapids. It is uncertain at this point if Donovan will be called up to the national team for the pair of matches against Jamaica on Sept. 7 and Sept. 11.
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Stats from MLS Soccer.com