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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Whitecaps have cleared many hurdles in their four Major League Soccer seasons. Lamarcus Joyner Jersey . One hedge that has continually tripped them up is playing the L.A. Galaxy on the road. Vancouver has never beaten the Galaxy at StubHub Center, where they have lost four times and been outscored 10-1. "Thanks for reminding me," coach Carl Robinson said with a grin this week after his team practised at the University of British Columbia. "Its got to change at some stage." The Whitecaps (2-1-2) are aware of the challenge they face when they play the Galaxy (1-1-1) Saturday in Carson, Calif. The team is packing a sense of confidence for the road trip. The Whitecaps have managed a win and tie against the Galaxy at B.C. Place Stadium. Saturdays game is another chance to measure themselves against one of MLSs perennial powerhouses. "Both sides have good competitors," said Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit. "Them being one of the better teams its a time for us to raise our game and really test ourselves and see how good we are. "That creates that battle sense." The Whitecaps are coming off their first defeat of the season, a 2-1 home loss to the Colorado Rapids last week. Vancouver led 1-0 but, playing one man down, gave up two goals in as many minutes to Rapids midfielder Jose Mari. "Those things happen and you move on," said DeMerit. "Knowing the calibre of team we are up against this weekend, that should excite us. That should take our focus and make sure we are preparing right. If we do the right things we can beat anyone in this league." The Whitecaps will be without midfielder Matias Laba who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards against Colorado. He could be replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker who missed two games after tripping over a bike rack and bashing his head. The 29-year-old from London was back practising with the team this week sporting an ugly scar on his head and a desire to get back on the pitch. "Im excited," said Reo-Coker, who started the first three games of the season. "When you sit out and watch one or two games its not nice. "Im someone who is used to competing." DeMerit said Reo-Coker makes the Whitecaps more abrasive. "Nigel brings a grit, he brings competitiveness, he brings a toughness in the tackle," he said. "He can really help us going forward when he gets the ball at this feet and drives at the defence." The Whitecaps have been a tale of two teams this year. Both their wins have come at home where they have outscored their opponents 7-4 in three matches. On the road Vancouver has managed two draws and just one goal. Robinson relishes the challenge the Galaxy present. "Were a young evolving team," said the first-year head coach. "It will be a good test to see where we are. "Its important we go on the road and try and dictate what we can, control ourselves, deal with them attacking wisely but putting a focus on us attacking." The Galaxy won their first match of the season with a 3-0 defeat of Chivas USA last week. Captain Robbie Keane scored his second goal of the season in the match. Keane has 36 goals and 22 assists in 58 MLS games since joining the Galaxy in 2011. Forward Landon Donovan needs just one goal to reach 135. That would make him the MLS all-time regular-season leader in goals scored. Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted said he doesnt want to be the answer to a trivia question. "It would be nice not to be that guy," said Ousted. "I am trying to keep a clean sheet so it doesnt matter who scores." Donovan has scored four goals against the Whitecaps, the most of any L.A. player. Keane and Donovan combine for a dangerous one-two punch, but defender Andy OBrien said its dangerous to focus on them because the Galaxy have plenty of other players able to deliver a knockout blow. "If you emphasize on Keane there are 11 players on the pitch," said OBrien, who has been a teammate with Keane on the Irish national team. "Not only does Robbie score goals he creates goals. "We need to close him down. He is one of a number of players theyve got that can score goals. From a defensive prospective you try to make life difficult for him and stick to it." DeMerit agreed the Whitecaps cant become too focused on just two Galaxy players. "One of their best qualities is they have a lot of interchangeable parts," he said. "You will see guys on the left end up on the right and guys in the centre on the left. "Guys have to make sure they are sticking with their jobs and their spots on the field. They are going to try to get us moving and change around. Defensively we need to be wary of that and get help from all 11 (players) defensively, not just the back four." Trumaine Johnson Jersey . The goals took Liverpools tally in the Premier League this season to 70, overtaking Manchester City as the top scorers, and left the fourth-place team just four points behind league leader Chelsea. Jamon Brown Jersey . Meeks has agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with Detroit, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free agents cant sign contracts until the leagues moratorium ends July 10, also said Cartier Martin had agreed to a one-year contract with the rebuilding franchise.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Brandon Jennings kept the Detroit Pistons on a roll and the New York Knicks reeling.Jennings scored 29 points and the Detroit Pistons extended the New York Knicks losing streak to 10 games with a 97-81 victory on Friday.Jodie Meeks added 15 points, Greg Monroe and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 12. Andre Drummond finished with seven points and 20 rebounds.It was a season-high fourth straight win for the Pistons.Is it sustainable? Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. I doubt well go undefeated the rest of the way. But it is sustainable for us to play good basketball.J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 22 points. Cole Aldrich added a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. No other Knick scored in double figures.If you dont get offended by somebody scoring on you, then I dont know what to tell you, Smith said. Thats like somebody coming in your house and just taking your video game out of your hand and whatever and you just let it happen.Carmelo Anthony, who leads the Knicks and is fifth in the NBA in scoring with 23.9 points per game, did not play due to a sore left knee and the Knicks offence struggled without him.I think it is a combination of offensively, as we continue to evolve, some offensive frustration, Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. Guys are not able to execute the things we do work on and things we know how to do. There is never one answer.Jennings scored 16 points in the third quarter as the Pistons expanded their 57-38 halftime lead to 82-52 after three. He did not play in the fourth quarter.I just wanted to open up the game a little bit more in the third quarter, just give us a comfortable lead, Jennings said.He had plenty of help from the Knicks, who didnt score in that quarter until Pablo Prigioni hit two free throws with 8:01 left. They didnt connect on their first field goal until Jose Calderon hit a foul-line jumper with 4:54 remaining.Detrooit increased its lead to a game-high 33 points at 87-54 on Jonas Jerebkos 3-pointer with 10:49 remaining. Greg Zuerlein Jersey. The Knicks never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.We have to play better, Calderon said. Im the point guard out there and I have to play better basketball. We all have to.The Pistons only fell behind twice in the game, both times by two points in the first quarter. Down 15-13, Jennings hit a layup with 3:38 left to spark a 9-0 run and the Pistons never fell behind again.Nothings easy in this league, Drummond said. We made shots and we got stops, and thats what weve been able to do these last four games.TIP-INS:Pistons: The Pistons, who had a 13-game losing streak earlier this season, last won four in a row from Dec. 1-7, 2013. Detroit hasnt won five straight since Dec. 4-12, 2009. . The Pistons also won the teams first matchup of the season 98-95 on Nov. 5 in Detroit. They have won four of the past five meetings.Knicks: The franchises longest losing streak is 12 games (March 23-April 13, 1985). . The Knicks increased their team-record home losing streak to nine straight. . Amare Stoudemire (sore right knee), Samuel Dalembert (sprained right ankle), Tim Hardaway Jr. (concussion), and Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) also sat out for the Knicks.STARTING YOUNG:The Pistons starting lineup on Friday — Kyle Singler, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Brandon Jennings — averages just 2.8 years of NBA experience and has an average age of 23.4 years old.GETTING TO KNOW YOU:Only one of the five Knicks who took the court to start Fridays game, Jose Calderon, had started more than six of the Knicks first 34 games this season (21). The other starters, Cole Aldrich (6), Jason Smith (6), J.R. Smith (6), and Pablo Prigioni (0) had combined for only 18.UP NEXT:Pistons: Host Sacramento on SundayKnicks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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