Curt Onalfo’s LA Galaxy II may be turning the corner when they host Alan Koch’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 this Sunday at StubHub Center’s Track and Field Stadium in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy II are coming off a scrappy 1-0 win over Real Monarchs SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, while WFC2 played Seattle Sounders FC 2 to a 1-1 draw at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast online on LAGalaxy.com and on the Galaxy’s YouTube channel. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Sunday’s match between the LA Galaxy II and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.
1. At least 35 fouls and three cards
In what should be a fluid, fast-paced game, both the LA Galaxy II and Whitecaps FC 2 will deliver some physical, unpolished play on both sides of the ball. The View From Avalon boldly predicts that at least 35 fouls will be whistled and three cards will be issued.
2. Clement Diop with under five saves
A quiet night in goal in on the cards for Clement Diop, who has had an average year as Los Dos’s netminder. Diop is boldly predicted to make under five saves on the night.
3. Spencer Richey with under five saves
Vancouver has three goalkeepers that Koch can pick from. Spencer Richey, given his win record of 1-1-0, would be the logical choice. With 11 saves and a 1.00 GAA, Richey will make under five saves to pace WFC2.
4. Three minutes of second half stoppage time
This is where the match can be decided in second half stoppage time, so the View From Avalon is going to boldly predict that three minute of second half stoppage time will be added on to press the issue for the Galaxy.
5. A goal will be scored in second half stoppage time
Just like with the Galaxy’s last game against Real Monarchs SLC, a goal will be scored in second half stoppage time, and it will be a thing of beauty. Who it will be, it will likely come down to the players listed below.
6. Robert Earnshaw will score
Robert Earnshaw scored in the Whitecaps FC 2’s 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders FC 2, and he will score against and do his famous celebration afterwards. Earnshaw will be on the board.
7. Here comes Caleb Clarke
Caleb Clarke has two goals this season and will be hungry for more goals in this game. Watch for Clarke to drill one past Diop on Sunday, according to our esteemed Bold Predictions.
8. Bradley Diallo will score
Bradley Diallo was clutch in the Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the Monarchs, why not have him score another goal and build his confidence in the process? The View From Avalon boldly predicts that Diallo will score in this one.
9. Ariel Lassiter will score
Ariel Lassiter didn’t score in the Galaxy’s first road win of the season, but he should be able to find a nose for goal in this contest. Watch for Lassiter to add to his two goals this season.
10. This match will end in a draw
In a dramatic, high-intensity match between two MLS reserve team sides in USL, this contest between the LA Galaxy II and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 will end in a draw. Hey, even the tacos are $2, so why not go for a 2-2 draw here?
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