Much to play for in Whitecaps-Galaxy clash 0
Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. (WHITECAPS FC FILE PHOTO)
There was a time not long ago when the Vancouver Whitecaps just couldn't beat the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In fact, it took the 'Caps seven Major League Soccer games and an 0-5-1 head-to-head record before finally solving their Western Conference foes in a 3-1 victory at BC Place earlier this season. So while the past is the past is the past — as athletes always tend to point out — the knowledge that the Galaxy is, in fact, beatable at least enters into their mindset heading into this Saturday's clash.
"That is something you can take into the game, knowing that you've already beaten them at home," Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker said. "But we know it's going to be tough.
"It's going to be a good footballing game, it's going to be a game we're looking forward to. Every game is like a cup final now."
While playing the two-time defending champions is motivation enough, there is also plenty at stake for the 10-8-6 Whitecaps. Their 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids last weekend dropped them from second place in the West to fifth — effectively showing how tight the standings are. And with L.A. just one spot and one point above them, there's no tiptoeing past the importance of this match.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for us to cement our position in the league," striker Kenny Miller said. "Maybe put a little daylight between us and a few teams because it's so tight in the conference in the moment."