The L.A. Galaxy played a man up for 62 minutes against Vancouver on Saturday at BC Place, but failed to generate any goals in a 0-0 draw while all three of their designated players stayed in Los Angeles.
Vancouver’s Matias Laba was sent off in the 28th minute after a studs up tackle on Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee. It was the second straight game in which the Galaxy played significant time a man up after a red card sent an opponent off.
L.A., which will be without the services of forward Robbie Keane for four to six weeks after the captain underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week, outshot Vancouver 15-5, but only got four shots on goal.
“We were very poor on our crossing,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters. “We’ve got to do a better job getting players in front of the goal and in dangerous positions. … We’re looking for the last pass, to walk the ball in the goal, but we need to shoot more from distance, we’ve got to deliver balls in front of the goal a lot earlier and just be better.”
Keane’s injury was the latest in a string for the Galaxy. The team was without all three of its DPs, as midfielder Giovani dos Santos did not travel due to lack of fitness stemming from his muscle strain suffered in the season opener and midfielder Steven Gerrard was sidelined with a left calf strain.
Keane’s absence opened the field for 21-year-old Ariel Lassiter, who made his MLS debut and got the start at forward next to Sebastian Lletget. Lassiter played 67 minutes before getting subbed off for Alan Gordon.
“Ari was great,” Magee said. “He hustled, he ran. I don’t think we played to his strengths, but he did good. The kid’s got an incredibly bright future.”
Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng earned his first MLS start, while Baggio Husidic started in Gerrard’s place in the midfield.
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