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LA Galaxy draw Vancouver Whitecaps on the road

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A strong team performance shut down the Whitecaps attack

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

A dialed-in LA Galaxy squad missing their top stars clawed, scraped and eventually held on for a scoreless 0-0 draw Saturday night at BC Place.

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If Carl Robinson’s full-strength Whitecaps side thought they would have their way with a lineup missing Romain Alessandrini, Ola Kamara, Ashley Cole and the dos Santos brothers among others, Sigi Schmid had a trick up his sleeve. The Galaxy boss deployed a 3-5-2 with No. 2 SuperDraft pick Tomas Hilliard-Arce earning his first MLS start and Emmanuel Boateng moving up top alongside Ariel Lassiter.

The well-organized formation frustrated Vancouver, limiting their counter attack and reducing their dangerous aerial presence in the final third to aimless crosses. With the exception of a Yordy Reyna breakway from a narrow angle, the Whitecaps failed to seriously threaten David Bingham’s net.

LA had their chances, notably when Emmanuel Boateng dispossessed Jose Aja for a breakway but the Ghanian pulled his shot wide.

The Whitecaps stepped up their attack in the second half, but the bend-but-don’t-break defense was up to the task, with Rolf Feltscher in particular locking down the right flank. Despite several close calls LA held on for a valuable road point.