Tuesday’s column: The imploding Galaxy

i-580a1c7f04a6906811a6a30ef71b3f46-donovanstrain.jpgThe Galaxy’s Landon Donovan shows the pressure Saturday against San Jose (AP Photo).

In this week’s column I took a look at the cooling off of the previously red hot Galaxy.

A couple of things I didn’t have the space to touch on in the column:

*The Galaxy have a relatively easy regular season run-in. Seven of their last nine games are at Home Depot Center including a home game against Eastern Conference bottom dwellers D.C. United and an “away” game at Chivas USA, similarly scraping along the bottom of the Western Conference.

*Supposedly David Beckham will return from injury to provide the team some sort of boost, although I’m not sure what, which is why I didn’t bother to mention him in the column. Beckham seems so 2007 and it remains to be seen whether he is any sort of force in 2010.

Also, the U.S. Women’s National Team has announced two games against China Oct. 2 and 6 on the East Coast, the final two games before CONCACAF World Cup qualifying begins.

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  • Soccer Fan

    Nick,

    What game do you expect to see Beckham back?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    I haven’t heard the Galaxy provide a firm date yet (which is probably wise given the severity of the injury to his 35-year-old limb).

  • Inigo Montoya

    Not sure it will matter.

    First, players usually take a few games to mesh with a team on the field.

    Second, even at his best, Beckham wouldn’t much help the G’s main problems right now: sharp work in the penalty area and finishing.

    Maybe I’m wrong if Beckham could deliver balls to Donovan and Buddle. And it might be fun to see a midfield with Juninho, Stephens, Birchall or Kovalenko and a reasonably fit Beckham. Who knows?

  • S. Perez

    No doubt Beckham will help…but the team should have added a striker. Quality vet pickups like Espindola, Saborio, and Renteria will make teams like RSL and Columbus tough to beat in the playoffs. LA has to be able to come from behind.