Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy are slumping and will need to get back on form when they face Veljko Paunovic’s Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The Galaxy are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to New York City FC, while the Chicago Fire pounded the Montreal Impact on the road, 3-0. The match preview, from MLSSoccer.com.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of quality to our passing in the last third today,” said Arena of their performance against New York City FC. “And then you look at the game, it was a tight game, we concede a goal early. In the first half, Nigel has an open goal that he misses. Second half, Robbie Keane has an open goal with his header. [He was] probably a little hesitant to head the ball coming off a concussion and fractured orbital bone, but those chances, they’re not going to come that often. They kept their players in pretty tight at the end of the game, and took out some players in the midfield and really clamped down. The couple of chances we get, we have to put one in the back of the net. That’s the name of the game. The conditions were tough for both teams, and that’s that.”
“It was obviously a tough game,” said Robbie Keane. “But it was different terms of how the field is – I think a few guys are all over the place in that respect. I still did enough to get maybe get a goal. I should have scored on that header. The ‘keeper looked like he was going to get a finger on it, but nevertheless it still should have been on target. We had a couple other chances but it was one those days and it wasn’t meant to be.”
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