Well, that’s the season then.
Real Salt Lake came from behind with two goals in four minutes, the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan provided more fodder for his detractors by missing his second penalty in as many games and Galaxy defender Troy Roberts got himself sent off with two yellow cards inside eight minutes.
Robbie Findley came off the bench to score the equalizer against his old team, while veteran Eddie Pope bundled in the winner after Cronin had parried an Eskandarian free kick.
The announced 27,000 in attendance — allegedly a capacity crowd, although as is customary for the Galaxy there were plenty of empty seats — discovered just why these are the two worst teams in the league.
Still, RSL got its first away win of the season, while insults and boos rained down on the Galaxy from the stands as the club recorded its sixth straight MLS loss.
The Galaxy’s last MLS win came July 4. I’m dreading going to the locker room. It’s going to be grim.
Updated 10:30 p.m.
It was grim.
“Do you guys want the same quotes as Wednesday?” said Donovan before taking the time to answer every last question as he always does.
And yeah, Donovan said he’s prepared to take a third PK if one is awarded to the Galaxy Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. So how many times has Donovan missed two consecutive penalties? “Never,” he said.
The general consensus was that the Galaxy essentially threw the game away.
“It could have been four or five nothing at half time,” Donovan said. And it probably should have been.
To say nothing of the missed penalty, Cobi Jones’ 66th minute shot that hit the bar or Alan Gordon’s header that smacked against the bar in the 80th minute. The Galaxy had just one shot on target in the second half.
“I’m going to start filling up people’s parking meters or something to get my karma back,” Donovan said.
But he cautioned management against making wholesale changes to the team (again) in response to its terrible 3-11-5 record.
“If you have a fire sale and get rid of everybody, you’re going to be further in the hole,” Donovan said. “We’ve got to be careful.”
The relentlessly dour season is taking its toll, though.
Reporters are almost terrified to go into the locker room (it’s tough to rip guys over and over when injuries, the schedule and AEG/MLS greed are clearly responsible for most of the problems). Problems that most beat reporters could foresee happening when you build an exploitative season around a 32-year-old player no matter who he is.
It’s Yallop, a popular, friendly, witty figure among the media that most fear for.
At the post-game press conference he was clearly stressed out: glassy stares, nail-biting, repetitive temple rubbing and all.
“We showed tonight we can play some good stuff in spurts,” Yallop said. “It’s just about punishing teams.
“We’re beat up, we’re tired, we make mental mistakes because of the fatigue,” he added, looking like he wished he was tucked up in bed with an ovaltine.
Beat writer Billy Witz has the game details.