Galaxy central defender Omar Gonzalez heads over CD Aguila’s Hermes Martinez in the first half (AP Photos).
Full disclosure: I had to work today and missed most of the game.
That was a good thing, judging by the final score and Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena’s reaction:
“I think it was a sloppy performance by us tonight. On the night we were sloppy on the final third of the field and on the night our passing wasn’t good enough to break down a team that obviously came to defend with eight or nine players behind the ball.”
But frankly, he didn’t sound too concerned either.
The Galaxy outshot Aguila 19-2, but that’s a deceiving stat; for instance, in the first half the Galaxy had just one shot on target.
On the other hand, Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts didn’t have to make a single save.
Landon Donovan challenges CD Aguila’s Hermes Martinez in the first half.
It was a final preseason performance that was hard to assess anyway given that central defender Gregg Berhalter was given the night off, Edson Buddle’s strike partner Mike Magee had personal issues to attend to and the likes of Alan Gordon, Jovan Kirovski and Clint Mathis are all injured.
Notable: The Galaxy’s three Brazilian offseason acquisitions – Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo all started for the Galaxy.
Picture of determination: the Galaxy’s Alex Cazumba.
Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Alex Cazumba (Todd Dunivant 46′), Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Michael Stephens 68′), Juninho (Chris Klein 87′), Tristan Bowen (Chris Birchall 46′), Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle.
Next for the Galaxy: the home opener at 8 p.m. Saturday against the New England Revolution.
Look for a Galaxy and Chivas USA season preview in Tuesday’s column.