VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Former Cal State Bakersfield star Gyasi Zardes scored the first goal of his Major League Soccer career for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.
Zardes, a MLS rookie, cut the Galaxy's deficit in half in the 86th minute as he headed in a cross from Jose Villarreal.
A native of Hawthorne, Zardes scored 38 goals during a three-year career at Cal State Bakersfield (2010-12), finishing as one of the top goal scorers in the NCAA in each of the last two years when he tallied 33 goals in 37 games.
Russell Teibert scored two goals to lead Vancouver.
Teibert, a 20-year-old from Ontario is in his third season, but had not scored previously while playing sparingly most of the time. Darren Mattocks also scored for the Whitecaps (3-4-3), who ended a seven-game winless streak and beat the Galaxy for the first time.
Los Angeles (4-3-2) was unbeaten in five previous regular-season meetings and also eliminated Vancouver in the opening round of the playoffs last year en route to a second consecutive MLS title.
After netting his first MLS goal, Teibert pumped his fist in the air and ran to the Whitecaps bench and hugged teammates.
Cal League baseball
The Bakersfield Blaze and Modesto Nuts were tied, 5-5, in extra innings at Sam Lynn Ballpark at press time Saturday night.