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Los Angeles FC v Vancouver Whitecaps: All eyes on Western Conference summit after cup exploits

After midweek cup triumphs for both teams, all eyes turn to MLS this Saturday as Western Conference hopefuls Los Angeles FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps meet at BMO Stadium.

Ahead of Saturday’s contest, Vancouver sit fourth in the West with 18 points from 10 games, with LAFC three points further back despite playing an additional match.

Vanni Sartini’s hosts were in Canadian Championship action on Wednesday, beating Calgary 2-1 in the first leg of a quarter-final tie with a starting lineup containing five Canadian players.

Sartini believes the experience of that match will serve his young players well, saying: “We want to do well in that competition and it fits with what we want to do, which is developing a lot of young players, guys who haven’t played a lot for us.

“I’m really happy that we could play five of them, also because I think in this competition, if they have to

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