LA Galaxy beat Whitecaps 2-1; Vancouver eliminated from MLS playoffs
The Vancouver Whitecaps' second season in Major League Soccer is over. Goals four minutes apart midway through the second half helped the LA Galaxy erase an early deficit and defeat the 'Caps 2-1 on Thursday (November 1) night in Carson, California. Mike Magee tied the game in the 69th minute and moments later Landon Donovan scored the winner on a penalty kick.
Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks opened the scoring converting a Matt Watson centering feed just three minutes into the match. But that was it for the Vancouver offense. Goals were hard to come by all season—particularly on the road—and that was the case again Thursday night. Other than Mattocks, the Whitecaps have virtually no offensive weapons something that will have to be addressed in the off-season.
Including the playoff loss, the 'Caps went 1-7-3 in their final 11 games. Making the playoffs in their second season in MLS is a building block for the Whitecaps moving forward. But it's clear there is plenty of work to do to turn the team into a serious contender. That work begins now as the off-season is officially underway.