Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Gyasi Zardes' second-half tally proved to be
the difference on Saturday as the Los Angeles Galaxy came away with a 2-1
victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy entered the match coming off a last-second loss to the Portland
Timbers, but rebounded nicely on Saturday and have won three of their last four
to climb to up to third place in the crowded Western Conference -- one point
ahead of Vancouver.
Vancouver opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Canadian international
Russell Teibert launched a long ball across the pitch to a wide-open Camilo,
who took a quick touch and slid it under the arm of Los Angeles goalkeeper
Carlo Cudicini for his league-leading 13th goal of the season.
But the hosts found an equalizer 10 minutes later when Omar Gonzalez whipped a
free kick into the box and it fell to the feet of Jose Villarreal, who tapped
Zardes put the Galaxy in front for good three minutes before the hour mark
when he ran down a loose ball on the end line to the left of the goal. He
chipped the ball past his defender and beat Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton
to the far post.
Vancouver pushed for an equalizer late on, but it never materialized as the
club saw its six-match unbeaten streak come to an end.
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