It’s Official: This is The Worst Galaxy Team Ever

Or at least they are tied with the 2006 team as the worst ever.

By running their winless streak to 10 games with a 2-2 tie Saturday against the New England Revolution, the Galaxy tied the mark for the longest winless stretch in club history, first set in 2006 when the Galaxy went 0-8-2 from May 6 until June 24.

This time around the Galaxy are 0-5-5 and have been outscored 24-14.

It’s instructive to compare the relative talent levels of the two teams.

Here’s the Galaxy team that originally set the record: Kevin Hartman, Chris Albright, Ugo Ihemelu, Tyronne Marshall, Nate Sturgis, Josh Gardner, Quavas Kirk, Paulo Nagamura, Marcelo Saragosa, Herculez Gomez, John Wolyniec. (Cobi Jones came on as a sub and Landon Donovan didn’t play).

Here’s Saturday’s lineup: Steve Cronin (GK) (Josh Wicks 46), Ante Jazic, Sean Franklin, Troy Roberts, Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis (Eduardo Dominguez 81), Greg Vanney (Mike Randolph 65), Peter Vagenas, David Beckham , Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle.

Both teams were led by new coaches, the 2006 version by Frank Yallop (he had been appointed 18 days earlier) and the current edition by Bruce Arena, on the job 13 days.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s game from a Boston perspective.

Notable:
*Saturday’s attendance of 39,256 was the third largest of the season to see the Galaxy. The game in New York drew 46,754 and one in San Jose attracted 39,872. It was the largest crowd to see a regular season MLS game at Gillette Stadium. Becks was injured when the Galaxy played in Boston last year.
*Landon Donovan’s two goals tonight extended his MLS goalscoring lead to 14.
*Eddie Lewis made his Galaxy debut in midfield and had an immediate effect, creating Donovan’s second goal with a laser-like pass.
*Revolution officials (no word from the Galaxy as of this writing) said Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin broke his finger in the collision on Taylor Twellman’s first half goal. He was replaced at the half by rookie Josh Wicks, who made his MLS debut.

The Galaxy actually looked better than they had in weeks giving one of the best teams in MLS real problems at times. Is Arena having an effect already?

Finally, it’s an apt time to point out that now Columbus Crew Coach Sigi Schmid can officially begin worrying about getting fired.

His Crew moved past the Revs into the MLS lead today; the former UCLA coach you’ll recall was infamously fired from the Galaxy job in a Manhattan Beach bagel shop while L.A. sat atop the MLS standings.

How much do you think Sigi would like to be at this year’s MLS Cup – to be held at Home Depot Center?

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, the first lineup would tear the second lineup to shreds.

    Can we now say that Alexi Lalas is the worst GM ever to grace an MLS front office?

    The only job he should get at HDC is cleaning the toilets.

  • cristobal

    Nick,

    Do you know where to find the numbers AEG really cares about, like MLS attendance and profit numbers? I’d like to know what 2006 vs. 2008 looks like in those aspects.

    Too bad we can’t see teams bring in more talent still. If the competition isn’t getting much better, this country as a whole won’t improve. We want to raise the level of expectations and performance: skill, basically. If we aren’t getting better, we’re just plateauing. In order for the game to grow, it needs to be a quality product. West Ham is one of the most boring EPL teams to watch, yet MLS teams don’t rate anywhere near them in across-the-board skill.

    Nick replies: Those numbers are closely held and in most cases suspect anyway. For example, the HDC has 24,500 seats, but the Galaxy insists upon using the 27,000 capacity figure even if there aren’t 2,500 people siting on the grass berm.

    Still, in general attendance is up since ’06 because of David Beckham and more teams are inching out of the red ink. The Galaxy were the first team to make a (unspecified) profit in MLS and this year they’re looking for record revenues (and presumably their biggest profit yet), AEG officials said.

    Actually, I think MLS has more talent than ever and I expect it will continue to get better.

    One of the immediate problems is a lack of quality U.S. and Canadian players capable of keeping up with the likes of Beck’s and Blanco. But of course it’s the very fact we have better quality foreign players than ever before that highlights the inferior domestic product.

    Me, I’d rather have that problem than go back to the days of Diego Serna, etc.

  • cristobal

    Thanks nick, good points about the players getting better. I still find it hard to get worked up about paying attention to MLS when there are so many quality leagues, and the EPL is available 10 months a year.

    On a hockey site I visit, they had the topic “5 ways I’d change the NHL” for the entire month of august. I’d be interesting to know what you thought about 5 ways you’d change MLS. Heck, take 10 if you like. I’d be sure to comment on your list and offer some of mine.

    Anyway, cheers.