Ricketts and Whitecaps ruin Chicharito Galaxy home debut

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Tosaint ricketts scored in the 74th minute to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 win over LA Galaxy and spoil Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's home debut on Saturday night.

Whitecaps defender Ali Adnan got a nice run down the right side of the box and made a perfect centering pass to Ricketts, who passed him past the goalkeeper David Bingham.

Bingham kept the Galaxy in the game in the 89th minute when he stopped Lucas Cavallini penalty kick with his right foot for his third stop of the night. LA played the last 15 minutes of shorthanded play after Joe corona received his second yellow card.

The Galaxy (0-1-1) had the advantage in possession but only a shot on goal, which came from Cristion Pavon in the 47th minute.

Chicharito, who was Major League Soccer's biggest offseason rookie, struggled again. The Mexican star only managed two shots in his first two games, going scoreless.

The Sacha Kljestan had a net open during the 24th minute after the Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau and defenseman Janio Bike got mixed up on a compensation pass. But Kljestan's strike just outside the penalty area went wide to the left.

Vancouver's best chance in the first half was in the 26th minute, when Andy Rose's header from a free kick hit the crossbar. The Whitecaps tied their record at 1-1.

This article appeared first (in English) on https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/ricketts-whitecaps-ruin-chicharito-s-galaxy-home-debut-030820

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