Samuel Grandsir comes back into the Galaxy XI for Efrain Alvarez, and Nick DePuy starts in central defense, as expected.
Vancouver go with this XI for this “home” game.
The LA Galaxy had a setback on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, but they’ll look to get back on the win column on the road, when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah (due to the pandemic, the Canadian MLS teams are not yet allowed to play at home) on Wednesday evening.
The Galaxy played much better the second time around this season against the Sounders, but still had the same outcome, this time a more narrow 2-1 loss at Dignity Health Sports Park. Sacha Kljestan scored his second goal of the season for LA, from the penalty spot, but a couple defensive breakdowns flipped the result in Seattle’s favor, grrr.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps lost 3-1 to Real Salt Lake last Friday, so they’ll have an extra day of rest. Vancouver is once again joint-worst in terms of points in the Western Conference, but again, you can give them some leeway considering they’ve had to pick up and play all their home games away from Vancouver so far this season. Still, they seemed to get off to a decent start this season but have been sputtering of late.
Derrick Williams is serving the second game of his five-game ban, while Daniel Steres (hamstring) is out and Jonathan dos Santos (calf) is questionable heading into the game. For Vancouver, Ali Adnan is away from the team for immigration paperwork, while Tosaint Ricketts (Achilles) is out and Bruno Gaspar (knee) is listed as doubtful.
Clearly, this is a game LA should win if they really want to get up in the “contender” echelon this season. But this is MLS, and a midweek road game sometimes throws up some real surprises. Will Greg Vanney rotate his lineup liberally? Will the Galaxy be ready for a game on short rest? The marathon starts here in earnest, and we’ll see how it goes for the G’s.
According to our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Tuesday afternoon, LA are (+143), Vancouver are (+190) and a draw is at (+225). So the Galaxy have a slight edge but there’s no real favorite coming in to this one.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LA and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be televised locally on Spectrum Sportsnet, and streamed on ESPN+ outside the LA viewing region. The TV broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:41 pm.