Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are in a sticky predicament after dropping their second match in four games, a 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo. A long road trip awaits the Galaxy, who now have to travel to Vancouver this weekend, and BC Place Stadium on May 11 to take on Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps.
1. Los Angeles will not win the Supporters’ Shield
Originally this was going to be a preseason prediction but I decided to post this now. Also, there is a backstory to all this but I will save it for the far-too-distant future. But to sum it up, I just don’t think this Los Angeles Galaxy team has what it takes to go on win streaks. Their inconsistent play and lack of execution when defending the counter-attack has cost them games this year, and because of this, there will be no Supporters’ Shield for the Galaxy this year. Los Angeles will have to make do with remaining in playoff position and staying close to FC Dallas in the MLS Western Conference standings.
2. No goals in the first half
The first half is going to be sloppy, with poor distribution and tightrope defending all around. There will be no goals between the Galaxy and Whitecaps in the opening stanza.
3. Vancouver will score first
Camilo may only have two goals this season, but he has been a show-stopper for the Whitecaps for awhile. He will open up the scoring early in the second half.
4. Busy night for Joe Cannon
Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon will have a tough night against a very angry Los Angeles Galaxy outfit. Cannon will make at least four saves to lead the Caps on Saturday.
5. No goals for Landon Donovan
Even though this will be a huge opportunity for Landon Donovan to break through, I just don’t see him being a factor on Saturday. He will not get any goals against Vancouver, but he may get an assist.
6. Robbie Keane will not be on the score sheet
Robbie Keane is looking more and more like a liability with his injuries. He was not available against Real Salt Lake or Houston, and I do not see him being available against the Whitecaps. No goals or assists for Keano.
7. Under four saves for Carlo Cudicini
Carlo Cudicini has been unfortunate at times with his goalkeeping, but he will do just enough to keep LA in this game. Cudicini will make under four saves against Vancouver.
8. Mike Magee makes his presence felt
Mike Magee just finds way to score goals against any given opposition. Magee’s heroics will pay off and he will give the visitors something to smile about late.
9. At least 25 fouls, under four cards
This will be a free-flowing match between two teams hungry for points. Under 25 fouls will be called and under four cards will be issued.
10. This match will end in a draw
Saturday’s match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps will end in a defensive draw. The offenses are going to struggle and it will be a test of back line resiliency.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 1