Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: 10 Bold Predictions
Arena's men are boosted with the prospects that Robbie Keane will return to the lineup after a rather terrible campaign with the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012.
Los Angeles are currently 5-8-2 and take on a Vancouver team that is coming off a 1-1 draw to the New York Red Bulls at home.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by KDOC and KWHY. Here are 10 bold predictions ahead of Saturday's tilt.
1. Los Angeles Will Score First
Yes, you heard it first. Even though I was wrong the last time, I am still holding on to hope that Vancouver are a different animal this time around and the Galaxy get off to a flying start.
Landon Donovan leads the team in goals with four, but I am sure we will see at least one more on Saturday.
2. Robbie Keane Is Back with a Vengeance
Robbie Keane is a token Irishman, and this Irishman has to be frustrated at his national team for lacking the heart and determination to score in games, let alone win games.
I expect Keane to take his anger out at Vancouver and snap, scoring a brace to lead the Galaxy.
3. Two Assists from David Beckham
Whether by set piece or on the run of play, David Beckham is the Galaxy's top provider for a reason.
Beckham leads the team in assists with five, and I expect No. 23 to record two assists any way he can to help his team notch their third straight win.
4. Better Passing from Los Angeles
Los Angeles won their match against Real Salt Lake with inferior passing numbers—71 percent to 80 percent. Imagine what the scoreline would have been if it was the other way around.
Better passing accuracy will not necessarily equate to more goals, but it does help string more sequences and chances to score. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon will be on notice, as we will see in the next bold prediction.
5. Joe Cannon Taken on the White Firing Squad
Goalkeeper Joe Cannon is going to face a very hungry Galaxy team in need of another big win and a clean sweep of their gauntlet of matches.
He made five saves in Vancouver's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls, and I expect him to make at least five more on Saturday night at Victoria Street.
6. Magee Magic Is Back
Mike Magee is someone who will do anything to help his team win ball games. He is a man of many legends for a reason.
On Saturday, I expect him to score against the Whitecaps, and it will be in the second half—just like in the last match.
7. Sebastien Le Toux on the Feast for the Caps
Sebastien Le Toux, a former Philadelphia Union standout who is eligible to play for the USA Men's National Team (are you still out there, Jurgen Klinsmann?) leads the Whitecaps in goals with four.
I expect Le Toux to be open to score for Vancouver in the second half.
8. Davide Chiumiento with Two Assists
Davide Chiumiento leads Vancouver in assists with four this year, and I like his chances to help deliver some excellent balls from the midfield.
I am going to call for two assists from Chiumiento.
9. Under 25 Fouls and Four Yellows
This will be a free-flowing match, and the fouls will not be as called as the match between Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake, which saw 18 fouls and four yellows to show for it.
No more than 24 fouls and three yellow cards will be issued in this important encounter.
10. Los Angeles Wins a High-Flying Goal Festival
I expect the Galaxy to come out of the gates with a 2-0 halftime lead. Then the second half will see both teams trade goals for a six-goal shootout in Carson.
Let's try this.
Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Vancouver Whitecaps 2.
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