Vancouver Whitecaps vs LAFC – Football Game Report – August 22, 2021
Ryan Gauld scored the decisive goal in the 89th minute to lead host Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles FC on Saturday night.
Brian White scored the tying goal in the 60th minute as the Whitecaps won while playing in Vancouver for the first time since September 16, 2020.
Diego Rossi scored from the penalty spot for Los Angeles FC (6-9-5, 23 points), who lost their fourth game in a row and saw their winless streak reach seven (0-5-2).
LAFC star Carlos Vela left in the 16th minute with an apparent leg injury.
Gauld’s goal was his first in four games since arriving in Vancouver (5-7-8, 23 points).
The comeback victory gives the Whitecaps an eight-game unbeaten streak (3-0-5).
The game marked the first time Vancouver has played in front of home fans in 539 days. The Whitecaps played three games without a fan in British Columbia last September.
The decisive tally came from Ryan Reynoso, who sent a cross towards the goal. Gauld was open and easily sent the ball past LAFC goalkeeper Tomas Romero in the right corner of the net.
Whitecaps goaltender Maxime Crepeau made six saves, while Romero made one.
LAFC maintained a 24-10 shooting advantage and set up seven goals against three for Vancouver.
LAFC got the penalty after Vancouver’s Javain Brown was called up for a foul in the penalty area.
Rossi approached for the kick two minutes into the first half stoppage time and Crepeau responded by moving to his right. This allowed Rossi to strike easily into the right corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Vancouver tied the scoring in the 60th minute as White’s right-footed point blank shot hit the crossbar and landed behind the line before bouncing off the pitch. It was the Whites’ fourth goal. the countryside.
LAFC had two good opportunities to come forward three minutes later.
Rossi’s right-footed shot was stopped by Crepeau and the ball went to Brian Rodriguez, who unleashed a right-footed shot that took off from the goal post.
LAFC dominated the game in the first half and had a 14-4 advantage in shots.
Rossi had back-to-back chances at the end of the half – his right foot in the 37th minute was wide and Crepeau saved his left-footed shot a minute later.
–Field level media