Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are so skilled at letting games get away from them. Truly, this is a club that has a gift. A gift that no club ever wants. Surely, it couldn’t come back to bit them in the you-know-what, right?
Well, guess what? It will, as the Galaxy continue their season on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.
1. Robbie Keane will not start on Saturday
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane suffered a hip flexor injury last weekend against the Portland Timbers and will most likely fail the physical before this exam. So look for the Galaxy to play significantly under-strength this go-around.
2. No goals in the first half
This match will continue the familiar trend of not having any goals in the first half. There will not be any goals in the opening stanza here between the Galaxy and Whitecaps.
3. Here comes Camilo with a brace
Camilo Sanvezzo leads the Whitecaps in goalscoring with 12 goals this season. A smooth operator with a dazzling touch, Sanvezzo will score a brace to lead the Caps, who are at the top of the MLS Power Rankings on the View.
4. Over five saves for Brad Knighton
Brad Knighton will be having another big night in goal for the Whitecaps. It seems that LA is a goalkeeper’s paradise, in which any given keeper can have a field day or night. Knighton will make more than five saves.
5. No goals or assists for Gyasi Zardes
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes has been failing to impress his critics. He may be a rookie, but let me tell you, the honeymoon period is over. There will no goals or assists from Gyasi this match.
6. Marcelo Sarvas will score for Los Angeles
Marcelo Sarvas has been a scoring revelaton for the Galaxy, and he will open up the match one again with a sensational strike from distance to give LA an early lead.
7. Under five saves from Carlo Cudicini
This will be another difficult, par-for-the-course night for embattled Galaxy netminder Carlo Cudicini. Under five saves will be made on Saturday from Cudi against the Whitecaps.
8. The match will be decided in stoppage time
The last match for the Los Angeles Galaxy was decided in the closing stages of second-half stoppage time, and it will be decided once again in stoppage time on Saturday.
9. Over 30 fouls and five yellow cards
Another chippy, physical encounter is on the way at the Hub. Over 30 fouls will be whistled and more that five yellow cards will be issued. However, no one will be sent off.
10. Vancouver are the next to leave it late against LA
The Galaxy will follow the script and let another team off the hook, with the Whitecaps being the lucky recipients. Need I say more?
Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1