Our prediction for this MLS match:
Rio Tinto Stadium will host Thursday’s MLS game between Vancouver Whitecaps and Los Angeles Galaxy, the two teams who were beaten by Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders respectively at the weekend. Vancouver experienced all sorts of problems on their road trip, with the team losing four games in a row away from home. Brian White, who found the net in the defeat to Los Angeles Galaxy, is likely to lead the line for the hosts, while both Gaspar and Nerwinski are out of contention with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, continue to rely on experienced attacker Javier Hernandez Chicharito up front. LA Galaxy are eager to bounce back from the 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders, and seeing that the game will be played on neutral location, away win should be considered. Experienced defender Daniel Steres is likely to miss the game with injury.
Highlighted Player (Fredy Montero):
Born in Campo de la Cruz, Colombia on July 26, 1987, Fredy Montero is a pacey forward who plays for Vancouver Whitecaps in the Major League Soccer. Montero played for famous Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon from 2014 to 2016 and the Lions and during that period the Lions won Taca da Liga on two occasions and one Taca de Portugal trophy.
In 2019 he moved to Vancover Whitecaps, signing a permanent deal with the MLS club. Fredy Montero made his MLS debut in a 3-2 loss to Montreal Impact on March 3, 2019. As for his international career, the Vancouver footballer played his first match for the Colombia national team on May 9, 2007 in a 4-0 win over Panama.
The striker scored his first goal for los Cafeteros against Catalonia on December 29, 2008. Fredy Montero’s main position is second striker, but he is used as a centre-forward as well. His preferred foot is right and his contract with the Canadian outfit should expire in December, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Los Angeles Galaxy):
Los Angeles Galaxy are probably the most famous American soccer club. The club have been participating in the MLS since 1996 and San Jose Earthquakes are considered their bitterest rivals. A number of top-class players were part of the team in the past, but, no doubt, David Beckham is the club’s most significant star. The former Manchester United star played for LA Galaxy from 2007 to 2012 and he scored 18 goals in 98 appearances in the league for the club.
Fellow England international Steven Gerrard is yet another Premier League ace who joined LA Galaxy. Stevie G signed a $9 million deal with the club in June, 2015. One year before he arrived to Los Angeles, the Galaxy won their fifth MLS Cup, with the team beating New England Revolution (2-1) in the final of the tournament, but winning the CONCACAF Champions League in 2000 is considered the club’s biggest success. The MLS outfit outplayed Olimpia of Honduras in the title game, with Ezra Hendrickson scoring the winning goal ten minutes before the final whistle.
Los Angeles Galaxy play their home games at StubHub Center, the stadium that was opened on June 1, 2003. The capacity of the venue is 27.000.