White­caps get a win at StubHub

L.A.’s 29-game home un­beaten streak ends as team deals with a rash of in­juries.

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com

There was a time when the Galaxy ba­si­cally owned the Van­cou­ver White­caps no mat­ter the venue and when L.A. couldn’t seem to lose at home.

But all that was put to a stop when the Galaxy dropped a 1-0 match to the White­caps on Satur­day night at StubHub Cen­ter, break­ing sev­eral streaks for an L.A. team deal­ing with more than its share of ad­ver­sity be­cause of health is­sues and in­ter­na­tional play.

The Galaxy didn’t have a shot on goal, the first time that has hap­pened at home dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and the first time since April of 2012 at Kansas City.

“I don’t think it was for a lack of ef­fort,” Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said. “We should have shot a few more times, par­tic­u­larly in that sec­ond half.”

The lone goal of thegame was inthe first half by Kekuta Man­neh — his sec­ond goal of the sea­son — off an as­sist from Oc­tavio Rivero on the fast break.

Be­fore Satur­day night’s match, the Galaxy had an 82-2 all-time record against the White­caps, go­ing 6-0 at home while scor­ing 13 goals and al­low­ing just one.

The Galaxy had been tough to beat at StubHub Cen­ter, pro­duc­ing a 29game un­beaten streak in all com­pe­ti­tions here, in­clud­ing 23 con­sec­u­tive home games dur­ing the Ma­jor League Soc­cer reg­u­lar sea­son (17-0-6).

But all that be­came a dis­tant mem­ory for the Galaxy.

They had en­tered the game hav­ing 14 play­ers miss time to in­jury or ill­ness. There were three oth­ers who missed starts be­cause of sus­pen­sion or in­ter­na­tional duty.

That meant the Galaxy was forced to start its 16th dif­fer­ent start­ing lineup in 16 games, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to find con­sis­tency and con­ti­nu­ity.

And just when the Galaxy got a healthy Rob­bie Keane (groin) back in his first start since April 4, the for­ward left the team for in­ter­na­tional duty.

Keane was called up to the Ire­land na­tional team and will play Sun­day in Dublin be­fore Ire­land hosts Scot­land in a UEFA EURO 2016 qual­i­fy­ing match. He de­parted af­ter Satur­day night’s game and won’t be avail­able for the se­lec­tion match at Colum­bus Crew SCon June13.

The Galaxy also lost for­ward Gyasi Zardes, who was called up to the U.S. na­tional team last week to play in a friendly against the Nether­lands in Am­s­ter­dam on Fri­day night and in a game Wed­nes­day against World Cup cham­pion Ger­many in Cologne.

But at some point this sea­son, the Galaxy hopes to be whole, which then per­haps would al­low L.A. to be­come the team it as­pires to be.

“We’re do­ing the best we can,” Arena said. “It’s been a lit­tle bit of a patch­work job in the first half of the sea­son. That’s un­for­tu­nate. That’s the way it goes. No ex­cuses, but we’re a lit­tle bit short­handed in a lot of spots on the field.”

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