Poor Galaxy finishing, crucial defensive errors and a general lack of experience at this level overwhelmed the flashes of promise of things to come from Jermaine Jones and a not yet match-fit DP Romain Alessandrini in the home loss to Dallas.
Should we be concerned his career highlight reel is just 60 seconds long?
The start of the 2017 season is quickly approaching and the Galaxy might be without two returning starters for the March 4 opener.
Forward Gyasi Zardes, who missed the end of the regular season after suffering a broken bone in his right foot in August, recently had “minor” surgery on his right knee, coach Curt Onalfo confirmed Tuesday.
Zardes originally injured the knee during training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team, forcing him to miss the two friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.
“He’s progressing fine with his rehab,” Onalfo said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to start moving early next week.”
Defender Robbie Rogers is bothered by an ankle injury that has kept him off of the training field.
“He’s still recovering from his ankle surgery,” Onalfo said of Rogers. “I don’t anticipate him to be available to start the season.”
Rafael Garcia has replaced Rogers at right back in each of the two preseason games so far.
The Galaxy 2017 season could hinge on the health of midfielder Jermaine Jones.
Jones, 35, joined the club after a shortened 2016 with the Colorado Rapids. Jones played in just five regular season games last year and four playoff appearances. He totaled three goals and two assists.
He’s played 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s first preseason game and 62 in last Saturday’s game against San Jose.
“I really don’t feel 35,” Jones said Tuesday. “When you’re around with the young ones, you feel always young. Then I have five kids at home, they always keep me young too. I would say I’m 29-30, maybe.
“To be honest, I feel really good and I think my numbers always show that I’m still in the shape that I can go.”always feel young.”
Olmes Garcia scored in the 89th minute to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over the Galaxy at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.
Joao Pedro made his preseason debut for the Galaxy. Giovani dos Santos returned to the Galaxy and the starting lineup after playing with Mexico in a midweek friendly.
Here is how the Galaxy starting XI looked:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) February 12, 2017
The California Clasico hits Las Vegas this weekend as the Galaxy and San Jose meet in a preseason contest Saturday from Cashman Field in Las Vegas.
Last year, the Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes, 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,500.
Tickets start at $20, but there will be a $5 increase on the day of the game. Visit www.californiaclasico.com for more information
The starting 11 went 45 minutes for the Galaxy in Tuesday’s 1-1 against Club Tijuana. Coach Curt Onalfo plans to increase that time tonight.
“We’re two weeks in so 45 minutes is perfect,” he said. “The goal by the end of this week is to push to 60 and then keep moving it up to 90.”
HYPED for #LAvSJ!
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) February 10, 2017