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Rolling Vancouver Whitecaps aims to defeat MLS giant LAFC

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The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

Gemma Karstens-Smith

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Cristian Dájome, center left, and Los Angeles FC midfielder Ilie Sánchez (6) kick the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 20, 2022. 
Vancouver Whitecaps Forward  Christian Dájome, center left, Los Angeles FC midfielder  Ilie Sanchez  (6) Kick the ball in the first half of the MLS football match in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 20 , 2022. Photo courtesy of Ashley Landis/Associated Press

Vancouver — Vancouver Whitecaps , I know I'm leaving. Difficult tasks — Defeating giants is never easy.

The Giants are exactly what Caps faces on Saturday hosting Los Angeles FC.

Black and Gold are at the top of the Major League Soccer standings. Located in, scoring a 7-point cushion in the nearest tournament and defeating Dallas FC 3-1 on Wednesday.

Vancouver (6-8-3), however, is daunting It won't be, said head coach Vanni Saltini.

"They win almost every match," Saltini said Thursday. "So we have to think about ourselves and think about doing good performance, and I believe that if we do good performance, we have a chance to win. It's difficult. But it won't be impossible. "

With LAFC (11-3-3) winning 3-1 in California on March 20, both sides are already in season 1 We faced each other.

Saltini thought his group played the game well, but made some costly mistakes.

"You have to be at the top for 100 minutes," he said. "That's the only way to be the best team, and to be honest, LAFC is the best team in the league."

"Caps are bigger than they were last time in the face of Black and Gold." It's in a different shape. Since the beginning of May, Vancouver has set a solid record of 8-2-2 in all tournaments.

This is what the club is heading for Saturday's match. It's a wave of momentum trying to get in.

"The guys really feel good about what we're doing here right now," said 4 at L.A. before being handed out to Vancouver in December. Defender Tristan Blackmon, who played the season, said. "And I think we have to maintain that momentum.

" We can get a clean sheet and fight the results. I've shown you what you can do, and it's really big from the middle of the year to the end of the season, so this is a big match and hopefully you can continue that way. "

To win, Whitecaps needs to foil some familiar faces. LAFC defender Doneil Henry played for two seasons in Vancouver, and keeper Maxim Crepo was a Capsnet star from 2019 to 2021. National Men's Team — Over the Coming Match.

"It's always okay to play against a friend, but in the end I want to score him," Kavalini said. "It's not easy, but I have to find the ball late at night, and I'm worried about the team's performance and I'm getting these three points."

The game also marks a return to B.C. The location of former Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos (now an LAFC assistant).

Saltini said it would be "beautiful" to see friendly faces like Crepo, Henry and Dos Santos.

"I am very happy to see them," he said. "And if they weren't so happy at the end of the game, I would be very happy."

Los Angeles FC (11-3-3) at Vancouver WHITECAPS (6-8-3) )

British Columbia Saturday Location

Goal Difference: Black and Gold lead the league in Season 35. 'Caps scored the third lowest score at 17.

Out: Midfielder Michael Baldisimo (ankle) and Sebastian Guarter (foot), forward Daver Kaised (knee), defender Cristian Gutierrez (calf) in Whitecaps. LAFC midfielder Jose Cifuentes suspends the match due to the accumulation of yellow cards.

In the Wings: LAFC recently signed two big stars from Juventus FC with 37-year-old Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and 32-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale, who spent nine years. did. Play in Real Madrid. The strong duo will not play in the match on Saturday, but Saltini said, "I hope Caps can meet them later in the campaign." I'm happy to play against them in the playoffs. "

This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 30, 2022.

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