Troubles on Turf for LA Galaxy in Seattle

In hindsight, perhaps it was for the best that the LA Galaxy were forced to rest some of their stars during last night’s 2-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders away in Emerald City.

Robbie Keane, David Beckham and Todd Dunivant were all absent. However, despite Seattle being able to break the Galaxy’s three game unbeaten run, Bruce Arena will recognize the difficulties in mid-week games with very little recovery time and the importance of this coming Saturday’s cross US rivalry with the New York RedBulls. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is also on turf, a surface highly susceptible to producing injuries when players are not used to it and requiring a very different style of play. If the Galaxy can take any positives from this defeat, then the fact that their stars now remain healthy going into this weekend’s big match up is most definitely one.

Certainly the absence of key players and the difficulties in trying to keep the ball movement low and quick on a turf field caused problems for the Galaxy, however, excuses aside this 2011 MLS Cup Championship side is still failing to find it’s rhythm even as we get further into the season.

Newcomers Adam Cristman and Bryan Gaul made their first MLS start and showed promise of a bright future with the club, nevertheless the Galaxy lacked speed and sharpness and had to rely on the solid goal keeping services of Bill Gaudette from early on to stop the likes of Freddy Montana from making even more of an impact for Seattle.

Landon Donovan was impressive as always demonstrating speed and intensity, however he cannot hold a team together on his own and the rookies on the roster struggled to keep up with him.

It was only a matter of time until the 39th minute Eddie Johnson was able to slip one in past Gaudette and minutes into the second half when a beautiful strike from Freddy Montana put the Sounders up a solid 2-0.

The addition of Mike Magee and Edson Buddle in the second half added some much needed pedigree to the side from which we are used to seeing such high caliber football. Both players produces solid performances which will leave fans with hope of a Galaxy come back, however on this night Seattle were able to keep the shut out to take their only ever win over the Galaxy at CenturyLink Field in MLS history.

The LA Galaxy now face a tough test with two days to recover and just enough time to regroup ahead of the huge match up at home against the New York RedBulls. The absence of Thierry Henry can only help the Los Angeles side, but they will certainly need to find their groove quickly if they are to get the result they so desperately need in this only meeting between the two rival sides this season.

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