Time is Ticking for a Galaxy Revival

The Los Angeles Galaxy, the most expensive team in Major League Soccer, with countless stars on their roster, currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with worries over whether the current MLS Cup Champions will even make the playoffs this season.

Following the Galaxy’s 1 – 0 loss at home against the New York RedBulls on Saturday in the only meeting this season between the two cross-US rivals, the question fans are asking is: where is it all going wrong? It must be said that New York can be praised for a very strong performance in which their defense against the Galaxy’s superstars was second to none. However, in the absence of Thierry Henry, and with reserve players on the field, this team really should not be walking away from the Home Depot Center with such a result. Landon Donovan, who the Galaxy have become so used to relying on in previous seasons has only scored two goals in eight games and with Donovan, Keane and Beckham failing to convert chances, this team is beginning to lose it’s confidence and most certainly it’s invincibility.

New York’s Goal Keeper Ryan Meare was outstanding and may be a contender for rookie of the year. His ability to come forward off of his line and instill the confidence into his back four may have saved New York this game.  Although not the most thrilling of matches for spectators, New York’s tactical approach to score early on with a goal from Joel Lindpere in the eighteenth minute and then to focus purely on defending that lead, was enough to get them the three points they deserved. So with the a trip to Canada this weekend for the Galaxy to face the Montreal Impact, a team which beat them in pre-season and who currently lie second in the Eastern Conference, what must the Galaxy do to repair this damage before it is too late?  Goal scoring is the obvious answer, but at this point the Galaxy are not only struggling to score, but they are also struggling to defend. Defensively they have suffered without Omar Gonzales, but even when he returns from his injury lay-off, there will be an adjustment period before we see his real impact on the back line. As for goal scoring, the chances are there but Galaxy’s combination of Beckham, Donovan and Keane were unable to finish with six shots between them on Saturday night. Last season the Galaxy boasted an unbeaten season at home, but with four home losses already this year, they have made things harder on themselves by now requiring wins on the road in order to get back into contention. One thing to remember about this team however is that when they find their rhythm they can be unstoppable, these players have been here before and with such pedigree, one should not underestimate their ability to turn things around.

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