The LA Galaxy is in a free-fall figuratively and literally.
They fell from second place to fifth place in the Western Conference after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night. That is also their fourth consecutive match without a win.
Despite boasting some of the best attacking players in the MLS, the Galaxy is relying on Robbie Keane to do most of the heavy lifting. Keane scored the only goal for the Galaxy on Sunday. In fact, Keane scored both goals for the Galaxy in last week’s loss to the Portland Timbers. The last time someone not named Robbie Keane scored for the Galaxy in a league game was back on September 27; a 3-2 win over FC Dallas where Giovani dos Santos, Keane, and Steven Gerrard scored.
That was a month ago!
Defensively, the struggles continued for the Galaxy.
The first goal for Sporting KC was clearly offside; however the linesman missed the call. In spite of the offside, defensive mistakes were made prior to the goal. In particular, the long throw in by Sporting KC was allowed to be flicked on, this is mistake number 1. The attempted headed clearance by Omar Gonzalez did not get outside of the penalty area, this is mistake number 2. The ball falls to Chance Myers who is left unmarked and is allowed to get his shot off, this is mistake number 3.
At the professional level, if a team makes that many consecutive mistakes it usually ends up in a goal.
The second goal was a product of Gerrard and Juninho allowing Benny Feilhaber to split them with his dribble and slip a pass into Dominic Dwyer for the winning goal. It is inexcusable when a team plays two holding midfielders like the Galaxy for them to be split by an opposing team’s dribble. Gerrard and Juninho were slow to react and they were punished by a goal.
The last shutout for the Galaxy was September 12 against the Montreal Impact.
The Galaxy has set themselves up against a familiar foe in the playoffs in the way of the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders are seeded in fourth place, one spot ahead of the Galaxy after their 3-1 win on Sunday over Real Salt Lake.
The last 3 times these teams have met in the playoffs, the Galaxy have come out the victors.
However, as the saying goes, “You’re only as good as your next game”.
The Sounders will host the Galaxy at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Wednesday, October 28.