With games coming up at the weekend, both teams opted for some lineup rotation, with LAFC making radical changes in the back, replacing three starters on the backline, and handing youngsters Peter-Lee Vassell, Niko Hamalainen and Shaft Brewer, Jr. their first career MLS starts.
The second half was choppy and neither team really found flow in the game, and while LAFC battered Vancouver's defense in the final 20 minutes, the Whitecaps held firm to seal the win.
- 27' – VAN – Inbeom Hwang | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: The first win must come as relief to the Whitecaps, who can build on this and get their season on track. LAFC struggled throughout, and an early exit by Latif Blessing due to injury could prove costly if he has to miss time moving forward. Bob Bradley's group will have to regroup ahead of a showdown against Seattle.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Hwang's goal was both a pleasant finish and also good reward for his good play this season to date.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Hwang had the moment of magic to secure three points for his side, and for a team struggling to score, this could be the tally that really gets him and the team going.