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MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0-2-1) at Los Angeles Galaxy (0-1-1)

The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5-2, in the meeting at Dignity Health Sports Park last August, just the fourth in their last 10 home matches against the Whitecaps (D2 L4) dating back to 2015. The Galaxy had won each of their last seven home matches against the Whitecaps from 2011 to 2014.

After taking one point from their first two games on the road, the Los Angeles Galaxy ill their home opener on Saturday. Los Angeles is unbeaten in its last seven home matches (W4 D3, including playoffs), equaling its longest home unbeaten run since going nine in a row without defeat defeat in Carson in June-September 2018 (W5 D4).

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC are winless in nine straight road matches (D4 L5), including losing their last four away from home. Vancouver has won just four road games since the start of of the 2021 season (D14 L17), tied for the fewest of any team that has been in MLS for all three seasons (Toronto FC and Houston Dynamo FC).

Johnathan Bond saved all 11 shots on target he faced against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the second time he’s made more than 10 saves while keeping a clean sheet (12 vs San Jose Earthquakes in May 2011). Bond is the only goalkeeper in MLS to have two such games since 2010.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s lone goal against FC Dallas, a Paul Arriola own goal, was scored off of a throw-in. It was the fourth Whitecaps goal since the start of the last year that came off a throw-in, the most in MLS in that time.

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