Waite scored his first MLS goal, helping the Whitecaps to victory over the Galaxy

Waite scored his first MLS goal, helping the Whitecaps to victory over the Galaxy

The Vancouver Whitecaps kept their weak playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

Ryan Gould opened the scoring in the 58th minute, Pedro Witt added to the advantage in the 68th minute with his first goal in a Major League Soccer game, and Toussaint Ricketts came off the bench to add the final strike in the 86th minute.

The result snapped a three-game losing skid for the Caps (10-14-7), who are six points shy of the playoff bar with three games to go in the regular season.

It was a tough trip for LA (11-8-7), who came to Vancouver riding a six-game unbeaten streak (2-0-4) and sitting three points out of a postseason spot.

The Galaxy controlled 67.8 percent of possession throughout the game but the Caps came on strong in the second half, outscoring the visitors 6-2 in shots on goal.

Vancouver keeper Thomas Hassall made two saves to collect his third clean sheet of the season while Jonathan Bond had three stops for LA.

After a quiet first half, Vancouver’s offense sputtered in the second half.

Julian Gressel beat Ricketts with a lofted goal in the 86th minute. The 35-year-old Canadian striker went one-on-one with Bond and fired his fourth goal of the season past the keeper.

Ricketts came on for Brian White six minutes before the goal.

Waite extended Vancouver’s lead to 2-0 in the 68th minute.

Striker Bryan White sliced ​​a ball to Luis Martinez and the midfielder sent it across the box to the back post, where White tapped it in for his first MLS goal.

Vancouver signed the 20-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder in August 2021 but did not make his debut for the club until this season.

In the 58th minute of the game, a corner of the Whitecaps started the game.

Bond made an early save but the defenders couldn’t clear the ball and Gould rose, firing a left-footed shot into the bottom of the net. It was the Scottish midfielder’s seventh goal of the season.

The first shot on target of the game didn’t come until the 47th minute when LA’s Ricky Puig unleashed a right-footed shot from outside the box, forcing Hassall to make his first save of the night.

LA dominated possession for 71 percent of the first half but Vancouver’s defense held firm, heading into the locker rooms with a 0-0 tie.

The visitors outshot the Whitecaps 4-2 in the first 45 minutes, though neither registered a goal on goal.

Vancouver’s best chance came in the 28th minute of the half when Luis Martinez scored. The ball bounced into traffic at the top of the penalty area, where Caps defender Tristan Blackmon picked it up and fired a shot over the crossbar.

The Galaxy almost opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez got a header inside the six-yard box, only to see the goal go over the post.

The Whitecaps return to action on Saturday when they host the Seattle Sounders in game two of a three-game homestand. The Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids on the same night.

Notes: Vancouver’s leading scorer Lucas Cavalli was out serving the third game of his four-game suspension. Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Berhalter was shown a yellow card in the 82nd minute and will be suspended for Saturday’s game. …Wednesday marks the first time the Galaxy have played at BC Place since April 2019. … An announced crowd of 16,681 attended the game.

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