Tuesday’s Column: Galaxy Should Follow Chivas USA’s Lead

Two team’s, one season, different directions.

Passion, guts, determination – Chivas USA have embraced those qualities, the Galaxy have not. For the most part, that’s the difference between the two franchises this season.

Reading between the lines, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena appears to agree:

“This is not a project were looking at in the short term, but building this team up over the next couple of years and getting the right kind of characters on the field and by that I mean in terms of their personalities, their competitiveness and their ability. We’ve got to get the right balance and the right combination of players. Obviously, this year we’re going to evaluate what we have and how we can make it better.”

Here’s Arena on one of the team’s major weaknesses that surfaced yet again in Chicago:

“Between (central defenders) Sean (Franklin) and Troy (Roberts) and our goalkeeper (Josh Wicks) in that game … I bet there’s not 50 league starts in there in those three positions – right down the heart of your team and that’s obviously an issue.”

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!