Galaxy 2 Chicago Fire 3
Invisible man: Collins John scored the Fire’s second goal within five minutes of kick off (AP Photo).
I was so smug.
Galaxy game on wedding anniversary? No problem.
Arrange to sit in one of the new (this season) cabanas with wife at Stadium Club. Great view, good food, fun game, right?
Galaxy down a goal within four minutes. Ahem.
Approximately 69 seconds (or so) later: Galaxy two down. Ahem. Ahem.
Oh well, can’t get any worse. Enjoy the chip dip (good dip, BTW).
Before we break the 20th minute mark, it’s another Fire goal. It’s 3-0. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Game over (pretty much).
“I thought you said the Fire weren’t very good,” says the wife.
Well, the Galaxy apparently want to make them look good.
The game ends 3-2. It wasn’t that close. At least Landon Donovan can convert penalties.
Chicago had four shots on target in the first half and scored three goals. They had zero shots in the second half, but by then didn’t need them. The Galaxy ended with 19 shots total, but only six hit the target.
“Well, as I just said to television, there’s not a team in the league you can spot three goals and expect to win the game or get a point,” said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
“I’m sick of giving up goals,” said Landon Donovan. “I’m sick of not winning at home and we have to get better. We have to start the game properly and get back to doing what we’re good at. We’re not as focused on our jobs right now as we should be and this is a good wake up call for us.”
Notable: Donovan has four goals in his last three games; his first tonight was his 100th in MLS.
The chocolate cake was good though.
Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter (Alex Cazumba 78′), Todd Dunivant; Chris Birchall (Dema Kovalenko 54′), Jovan Kirovski, Landon Donovan, Michael Stephens (Alan Gordon 71′); Edson Buddle, Tristan Bowen.