The Galaxy, Los Angeles’ original team, are on a winning streak and enjoying their best form since the arrival of Guillermo Barros Schelotto to the manager’s chair.
The Galaxy’s last game Sunday night, in which they beat their el Tráfico rivals LAFC 3-0, should start to ease the fears about the poor form the team displayed in Orlando and confirmed that perhaps the Galaxy are beginning to play how the Argentine wants and the galactic fan base deserves.
Since the debacle in Florida, which includes a humiliating 6-2 loss to LAFC, the G’s have won four straight, with wins against LAFC twice and a come-from-behind win against their Cali Clasico rivals, San Jose Earthquakes by 3-2.
They showed that grit again by winning the latest version of el Tráfico against an LAFC side who was hoping to get revenge for last week’s 2-0 loss at the Banc of California stadium. And for large parts of the first half, LAFC appeared well on their way to doing so by controlling possession and having numerous attempts on goal.
Football isn’t always what it appears however and in the space of three chaotic second-half minutes, the LA Galaxy was able to seize control and turn the game around, first with a beautiful chipped goal from the left-hand side in the 51st minute scored by Cristian “Kichan” Pavon, followed by a straight red card issued to LAFC captain Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 53rd for a reckless challenge on Julian Araujo.
After Kaye’s dismissal, the Galaxy struggled to make the man advantage count. They tried to exploit the space that LAFC was leaving open behind their defense, who by pushing numbers dangerously forward, were leaving themselves open to a Galaxy counterattack.
Although the LA Galaxy had various chances to add to the scoreline and kill off the game, the most notable among them Pavon’s offside chance in the 69th minute, they continued to work the ball around and establish control of the game.
A foul on Sebastian Lletget in the 73rd would finally give the G’s their reward.
“Killer Kichan” would take full advantage of the dead ball situation by sending a perfectly placed pass to the top of the area that Lletget coolly slotted home into the bottom right of Pablo Sisniega’s net for the 2-0 and the partial victory.
Lletget wasn’t close to being done, however.
If his first goal was taken with calm and poise, Lletget’s second was dispatched with all the audacity and brilliance that the game between Angelino rivals deserves.
The U.S. international would rise to meet a Rolf Feltscher cross in from the right side, and with his back toward goal, scored a scissored volley into the bottom right corner that is easily his best goal in a Los Angeles Galaxy shirt.
Amongst the memorable goals in el Tráfico history, the Zlatanazo in Zlatan Ibrahimović’s debut for the Galaxy is surely first in the minds of Galaxy fans. Sebastian’s “Tijeritas” surely has to be a close second.
Lletget, who like the Galaxy, which has won four straight for the first time since a March 13 win against the Philadelphia Union last year, is playing his best football of the season. During the winning streak, Lletget has scored four goals and assisted on two others.
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His influence on the team and his growing understanding with Pavon is notable.
A victory against their northern rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes on September 13, will equal the longest winning streak the LA Galaxy and Lletget have enjoyed under Schelotto.
All of which begs the next question.
Does Schelloto dare change a team that has won four straight by showing confidence and grit when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez returns from injury and new winger Yony Gonzalez joins the squad?
This headache is Schelotto’s problem to solve later.
Today, he can continue to celebrate his team’s emphatic win and that Los Angeles remains blue, white, and gold.