Bruce Arena sees room for improvement as August begins

The say that the month of July was a good one for the Galaxy, would be an galaxyunderstatement.

The club posted a 6-0-1 record in all competitions and advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

The month of August kicks off with a busy stretch, starting Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls.

The Galaxy has been able to pick up points without playing its best, especially in its previous two road goals. The Galaxy defeated Portland (2-1) on July 23 and played Seattle to a 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t play a good game in Seattle,” Bruce Arena said Wednesday. “Fortunate to get a point out of that (with a point), but that’s still a sign of a good team. You don’t play well every time you step on the field, especially on the road and to get out of there with a point, made some big plays defensively …we’re not pleased with our performance, but we’re happy to have a point.

“We know that as we enter the month of August, we have to start playing better.”

The Galaxy will begin the month in third place in the Western Conference (36 points) and unbeaten in its last seven games, still, Arena sees room for improvement, especially with the players getting healthy.

“Every game, it seems that somebody is out,” Arena said. “Eventually we’re going to have the full group together and hopefully that will be good. We’re making progress. I think next week is a tremendous challenging week so we need to have a full roster ready to play.”

Gyasi Zardes was the latest to suffer a setback. He was forced out of Sunday’s game at Seattle with a pregame injury.

“He was pretty active today,” Arena said. “We just had him in the gym, but he’s doing well.”

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