Whitecaps upset LAFC 1-0

Per LAFC  Media Department

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) lost 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Palace on Wednesday evening, ending their seven-match unbeaten streak to start the 2019 campaign.

Vancouver midfielder Inbeom Hwang scored the lone goal of the match in the 27th minute. The unanswered goal earned the Whitecaps FC their first win of the season. Shaft Brewer Jr., Niko Hämäläinen and Peter-Lee Vassell all made their first starts for the Black & Gold, with Vassell and Brewer Jr. logging a full 90 minutes of play.

After eight matches, LAFC continues to sit atop the Western Conference standings with a 6-1-1 (19 points) record. The Club returns to action on Sunday, April 21 hosting Seattle Sounders FC at Banc of California Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FS1, the ESPN App and KFWB 980.


On how big the win was:
“It’s not about me, it’s about the Vancouver Whitecaps and it’s big because for the people that go to training, and follow the team closely, you guys know that players were frustrated but never had their head down, never were negative. We stayed the process and a lot of times we did a lot of things well and we only got out of games with a tie or with a loss and [tonight’s win] is important now because it has paid off , all the work, all the consistency of the players in training.
The effort they gave today, especially in the last  15  minutes against a team that, when they have Carlos [Vela] or Diego [Rossi] on the field it’s going to be dangerous at any moment but they stayed compact and fought. There was a feeling of fighting together. It was big for the club. The win is for everybody that has been working so hard.”
On the last 15 minutes
“My heart was beating a lot, it’s going to take
five hours to fall asleep tonight. It’s hard because
you’re talking about a team that has scored 21 goals.”
On wanting more possession:
“In the first half our possession was good, we played out of the back.
What I felt in the second half was that we dropped a lot. We started to defend a little bit too early and the result was that we had to suffer a lot to win the game.
What I hope is that the progression for this team is to keep the ball for more and more minutes where we could be higher up on the field but that’s  again, that’s going to be a progression. ”
On Hwang’s goal and what it means to him
“We spoke this week, and one of the conversations I had with him was that he cannot feel pressure. He doesn’t have the history of Carlos [Vela] or Zlatan or Wayne Rooney. Inbeom is a player that is not finished. He is still in development and he cannot play with the pressure that he has to carry the Whitecaps on his back because he cannot do that alone.
He’s an important player on the roster, he needs to play with freedom in his role and if he focuses on that the team is going to get better and he’s going to get better. ”
On getting a win:
“ It’s important to realize we got a win. We didn’t win any trophy, we didn’t win anything. We got a win, and even if it’s positive, it’s a good step but we need to continue to build on that.
In the last few games there is growth, and that’s what we’re
focusing on. We need to win more games if we want to make the club grow and get to our objectives.”  On fatigue of game going into Saturday’s game against Orlando
“We have this same group of 18 that will travel to Orlando, and on Friday morning we will make the decisions regarding the game. Of course, the physical demands of tonight’s game were very high and will we see rotation in Orlando? There’s a big chance.”


WFC Man of the Match: Ali Adnan
Referee: Ramy Touchan
Attendance: 17,038

Scoring Summary
27′ – VAN – Inbeom Hwang

Possession: VAN 39.1% – LAFC 60.9%
Shots: VAN 11 – LAFC 14
Shots on Goal: VAN 4 – LAFC 3
Saves: VAN 3 – LAFC 3
Fouls: VAN 17 – LAFC 17
Offsides: VAN 2 – LAFC 0
Corners: VAN 5 – LAFC 3

19’ – VAN – Doneil Henry
39’ – VAN – Victor “PC” Giro
53’ – LAFC – Danilo Silva
77’ – VAN – Inbeom Hwang
80’ – LAFC – Mohamed El-Munir

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
16.Maxime Crépeau; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 22.Érik Godoy, 2.Doneil Henry, 53.Ali Adnan; 4.Inbeom Hwang, 6.Jon Erice © (8.Felipe Martins 79’), 31.Russell Teibert; 7.Lucas Venuto (19.Lass Bangoura 74’), 29.Yordy Reyna, 94.Victor “PC” Giro (12.Fredy Montero 90’+2’)

Substitutes not used
18.Zac MacMath, 9.Joaquín Ardaiz, 13.Derek Cornelius, 23.Scott Sutter

Los Angeles Football Club
1.Tyler Miller; 28.Shaft Brewer, 6.Danilo Silva, 4.Eddie Segura, 12.Niko Hämäläinen (13.Mohamed El-Munir 65’); 11.Peter-Lee Vassell, 20.Eduard Atuesta, 7.Latif Blessing (14.Mark-Anthony Kaye 42’); 10.Carlos Vela ©, 21.Christian Ramirez (18.Josh Pérez 65’), 9.Diego Rossi

Substitutes not used
23.Pablo Sisniega, 2.Jordan Harvey, 3.Steven Beitashour, 26.Adrien Pérez

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