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LA Galaxy suffer costly defensive lapses, fall 4-3 to Vancouver Whitecaps

The LA Galaxy fell 4-3 to the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of announced crowd of 25,903 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Sunday afternoon. While the Galaxy maintained possession for the majority of the match, their defensive lapses ended up being their downfall.

The Galaxy started their match with Matt Lampson in goal because regular starter David Bingham suffered a quad injury. It was Lampson’s first match this season, with Bingham playing every minute in goal this season for the Galaxy. 

Vancouver struck first with a goal from Doneil Henry in the 20th minute, scored off a corner kick, that seemed to shake the Galaxy’s defensive mindset. The Galaxy were riding a wave of positive energy into this match after clinching their spot in the playoffs on Wednesday and looked as if they were not expecting to be scored on by a team outside of the playoff picture.

Unfortunately for the Galaxy, that seemed to be the theme of the evening. 

From there, the goal scoring would go back-and-forth: the Galaxy would find an answer, but the Whitecaps earned a go-ahead goal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an equalizer in the 23rd minute of play off a corner kick, but Theo Bair gave Vancouver the lead just before halftime. 

The second half played out in a similar fashion, as Uriel Antuna gave the Galaxy fans in attendance some hope with another equalizer in the 58th minute. The goal, assisted by Jonathan Dos Santos, was a wonderfully timed chip over Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. Once again, however, the Whitecaps found their go-ahead goals: Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 64th minute, Chris Pontius answered for the Galaxy in the 86th minute, and, finally, Michaell Chirinos notched the game winner for Vancouver in the 93rd minute of play. 

The Galaxy will hope to shake off their frustrating loss ahead of their final regular season match next Sunday in Houston against the Dynamo, pushing to improve their spot in the Western Conference standings before the playoffs begin in October.

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