Galaxy Gutcheck: LA Comes from behind to beat Whitecaps in MLS Playoff Opener

A Measured Victory: Landon Donovan was spot on Thursday in the Galaxy’s win over the Whitecaps. (Photo by Staff Photographer Will Lester).

An early shock. A patient comeback.

Staff Writer Phil Collin has the game story.

Complete photo gallery.


“I was thinking don’t do what I did on the one before, which is put it in the 20th row,” said goalscorer Mike Magee, whose cult status among fans continues to grow, of his goal. “My eyes got big.”

Notable: Christian Wilhelmsson, out of tonight’s game with what coach Bruce Arena described as a ‘tight quad” is expected to be available for selection Sunday.

Vancouver’s loss was crushing: “The most disheartening thing is that the season’s over,” said Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie. “We really believed we could win tonight. We really believed we could cause an upset. I think we were a long way towards doing that, so that’s the most disheartening, disappointing thing we wanted to take a playoff game back to BC Place to play San Jose, and we believed we did well enough to be very close to doing that tonight.




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  • Limey

    I think the best part for me was seeing Tim Leiwicki’s reaction to the Galaxy equalizer, he was jumping up and down pumping his fist. That guy takes a lot from Galaxy fans but he obviously cares.

    Good stuff but the Galaxy looked very unconvincing.