Two second half goals propel Whitecaps over Galaxy, into first place
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kekuta Manneh and Octavio Rivero scored second-half goals and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 Saturday night.
Manneh scored in the 56th minute and forward Rivero, in the 66th. A sellout crowd at B.C. Place Stadium watched Vancouver win four consecutive games for the first time since joining Major League Soccer in 2011.
It was just the second time the Whitecaps had beaten the Galaxy in MLS.
Vancouver improved its Western Conference record to 4-1-0 for 12 points.
The defending MLS champion Galaxy suffered their second-consecutive loss and saw their record drop to 1-2-2 for five points. Dating to last season, LA is winless in nine road games (0-5-4).
Whitecaps' captain Pedro Morales made a pretty play to set up Manneh's goal. Morales chipped the ball over to the speedy Manneh who beat LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for his first of the season.
Rivero made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later. Midfielder Nicolas Mezquida fired a shot from a sharp angle that a diving Penedo stopped. Rivero kicked home the rebound for his fourth goal of the season.
In 12 games against LA, the Whitecaps are 2-8-2 and have been outscored 23-10. Vancouver's only other win against the Galaxy came May 11, 2013, at B.C. Place.
The Whitecaps dominated play during a scoreless first half. Vancouver mustered five shots at the net compared to one by LA.
Morales got the crowd of 21,000 on its feet in the 11th minute. He took a feed from Mezquida then used a spin move to get around an LA defender before getting off a shot that Penedo stopped.
Manneh had a good look in the 23rd minute. He used his speed to break through the LA defense and fired a shot that banged off the crossbar.