Found August 27, 2013 on Cascadia Sports:
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The third installment of the season between Vancouver and Los Angeles started with an intense feeling in the air during warm up.  Both squads were working each other hard to be prepared for what would be a spirited, fast paced tilt.   LA Starting XI – GK – Penedo, D – DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant, M – Jimenez, Sarvas, Juninho, Zardes, F – Donovan, Keane   Vancouver Starting XI – GK – Ousted, D – Lee, O’Brien, Leveron, Harvey, M – Reo-Coker, Koffie, Watson, F – Teibert, Mattocks, Miller   It didn’t take long for the first action of the game as the 3rd minute provided an opportunity for Landon Donovan who hit a rocket of a shot past a diving Ousted into the top corner.  Landon Donovan took advantage of a ball squirting loose after a good defensive play by Andy O’Brien on Robbie Keane, unfortunately, as O’Brien explained later,  the Vancouver defenders, “were attracted to the ball,” when it was targeted at Keane, leaving a wide open Donovan with space to run and hit a free shot from the middle of the field.   The body language of the White Caps and general stunned buzz of the crowd confirmed that this start was a surprise to the home side.   When asked after the game Martin Rennie had this to say about the start, “it was obviously a bad start, worse start you could have got with the goal so early.”   Vancouver appears to be woken up by the goal and maintained the majority of the possession and the play for the next 20 minutes of play.  Russell Teibert, Darren Mattocks and Nigel Reo-Coker all being key players in the creation of the White Caps chances, however, the final touch in the scoring areas weren’t up to par for the little time and space that the LA defense was providing.  Kenny Miller and Gershon Koffie were the primary benefactors during that 20 minute push, as they had the top two quality chances but came away without success. After LA absorbed the pushback by the White Caps, the game settled into a midfield battle as neither team was giving the other any space.  However, when LA was attacking Donovan and Keane continued their creative ways and caused problems for the White Caps defense as they creatively pressed them from different angles and points of attack.  Contrary to LA, almost all of Vancouver’s attack was being pressed down the right side through Teibert, which LA was able to anticipate and shut down.   Both teams had their chances late in the final minutes of the half with LA creating a flurry of confusion and tense moments for the White Caps faithful, only to come away without a solid shot on target.  Vancouver made their final push that resulted in an opportunity off a corner that appeared to be played by a hand in the box by a Galaxy defender, the official did not see it that way, much to the dismay of the crowd, and the half came to an eventful end.   The most common question in the press box during the first half was, “Why is Camilo on the bench?”  After the game, Martin Rennie provided the insight that Camilo, “had a groin strain had a last game against Colorado, and he didn’t really train through the week but we thought he would be okay to play in this game. Then yesterday it felt like he couldn’t play 90 minutes but he could play off the bench, then today it felt like he couldn’t really play at all and that was disappointing. “ Rennie also added that, “what we didn’t want to do was play him today and then have him missing more games and limping through the [rest of the] season.”   The second half started with a similar taste to the first, with the Galaxy owning the ball and pushing the pace.   Vancouver was able to come out of this initial blitz unharmed and then mounted their own push back but like the 1st half, the White Caps were not able to find their final touch that would even the score.   Vancouver did make one change at the half, as they added more speed to the pitch by brining on Keluta Manneh for Matt Watson.  Rennie had the following to offer as to the rationale behind the change, “just tactical, Matt was playing fine but we wanted to get Kekuta on, we wanted to have width on both sides.”   Manneh proved to be a nice tactical move as Vancouver now was attacking from the left and right side of the pitch, with Manneh getting his first shot on target in the 51st minute.  Shortly after, Kenny Miller then had the next prime chance for the White Caps only to hit the ball well over the net and wide.   The game slowed down around the 55 minute mark after the first yellow of the game was given out to Gershon Koffie.  Both teams freewheeling attacks turned to a battled hard for possession style and the defenses picked up their play, which resulted in a lot of chances being squashed out early in their development.  Los Angeles did seem to take a more content role at this stage and sat back with a counter attack position which served them well the remainder of the game.   Vancouver pressed hard the remainder of the game with some quality chances coming in the final 15 minutes of the game.  Teibert was dangerous on the right flank as he provided a number of crosses that Vancouver was not able to capitalize on.   The 82nd minute provided, per David Ousted, an “incredible [save], probably the save of the week,” by Jamie Penedo, and for all intents and purposes it solidified the win for LA.  After Manneh stroked a beautiful shot that beat Penedo but not the post, the ball landed on Jordan Harvey’s foot, roughly 10 yards out.  With a yawning cage to aim at, Harvey’s shot was miraculously saved by a diving Penedo, whose recovery on this play can only be described as incredible.   The teams traded chances down the stretch but the key moment was in added time when another LA defender appeared to hand the ball in the box, to which there was no call.  Obviously, this was infuriating to the White Caps in such a key match but today was not their day and unfortunately for the 21,000 fans, they were sent home with the unsatisfied feelings of a 1-0 loss to one of the top teams in the MLS.   After the game the general sentiment in the Vancouver locker room was that they were unlucky in their result and that they were stung by a world class player taking advantage of an opportunity.   Key note for the upcoming game for the White Caps against Chivas USA, they will be without Nigel Reo-Coker due to Yellow Card accumulation, when he received a caution in the 90th minute.   Man of the Match: Landon Donovan
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