Toronto FC teammates celebrate Drew Moor’s goal against the LA Galaxy during second half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Saturday June 18, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jon Blacker
The L.A. Galaxy failed to score for a second straight MLS game as the team lost 1-0 in to Toronto FC on Saturday. It is the fifth straight winless game for the Galaxy in MLS competition and third loss of the year
Along with Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes, who are on international duty, L.A. (5-3-6) was also missing Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos due to injury. Gerrard missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury, while dos Santos has a quad injury. Without their offensive stars, the Galaxy mustered only two shots on goal.
Defender Robbie Rogers also missed the game due to an ankle injury.
“What are we doing in the final third, that’s not ending in a good result or whatever it may be,” defender A.J. DeLaGarza said. “Guys are moving off the ball, our passing is not very great at the moment. We haven’t won a game in quite some time so that is going to be a good test for this group on Wednesday against the best team in the league.”
Drew Moor scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute. It’s the first time this season the Galaxy have given up a game-winner in regular time, with the team’s other two losses both coming in stoppage time.
It was the second straight home game in which the offense struggled to score as the team previously needed an own goal against San Jose to salvage a draw last month. The Galaxy back into the Copa America break on a four-game winless streak, which prompted a classic Bruce Arena postgame moment.
When asked if the recent results are cause for concern, Arena said sarcastically: “Yes, we’re probably going to fold the franchise.”
Arena’s quote was probably the most interesting part of the night. The Galaxy took only one shot total during the game and it didn’t fall on goal. Sporting took 15, but most came from long range.
After giving up the game-winning goal against Montreal last week, goalkeeper Brian Rowe, pictured in a game against the New England Revolution, is focused on moving past his mistake. (Thomas R. Cordova-Southern California News Group)
On a long free kick from Montreal’s Didier Drogba in the 94th minute on Saturday, Brian Rowe could either punch the ball out or catch it to preserve the 2-2 tie. He ended up doing neither.
The 27-year-old keeper “got caught between minds” at the worst possible moment when Drogba’s 28-yard free kick bounced off Rowe’s hands and into the back of the net. It snapped the Galaxy’s nine-game unbeaten streak.
Now Rowe and the Galaxy (5-2-5) are left to pick up the pieces for a 7:30 p.m. home game Thursday against Sporting Kansas City (5-8-2) after another late goal proved extremely costly.
The Galaxy have given up five goals after the 75th minute and stoppage time this year and both of their losses have been on goals scored in stoppage time. The team has given up late goals in two straight games, both of which changed the outcome of the game (turning a win against San Jose into a draw and a draw against Montreal into a win).
Montreal’s Didier Drogba celebrates his game-winning goal against the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday. Photo courtesy @MLS Twitter
Brian Rowe hasn’t made many mistakes in goal this year for the L.A. Galaxy, but the 27-year-old goalkeeper made a costly one at the most inopportune time on Saturday.
A long free kick from Montreal’s Didier Drogba in the fourth minute of stoppage time squirted through Rowe’s hands and into the goal for the game-winner in the Impact’s 3-2 victory over L.A. It snapped the Galaxy’s nine-game unbeaten streak and was just the team’s second loss of the season. Both of the losses have come via stoppage-time game-winners as Colorado’s Marco Pappa handed the Galaxy their first loss of the season.
“It’s definitely a frustrating one,” Rowe told LAGalaxy.com. “As a goalie, you don’t want to have that type of influence on a game one way or the other. You just want to do your job and not get any of the credit, either bad or good. It’s definitely a difficult one to swallow.”
Throughout their nine-game unbeaten streak, the Galaxy readily admitted they didn’t always play their best. Some games were ugly, but they somehow grabbed at least a point. But on Saturday, head coach Bruce Arena said the team “deserved what happened in the end. We weren’t good enough on the night.”
Said midfielder Steven Gerrard: “We got ourselves to blame for the result over the 90 minutes. We turned over possession too many times, and we made this a very difficult game. We should have won this game comfortably, so we’re disappointed in the performance as a whole.”
The L.A. Galaxy have only one loss on their record and own a league-leading nine-game unbeaten streak heading into Saturday’s game in Montreal at 5 p.m. The team hasn’t lost since the second game of the season, and even then, came within seconds of escaping with a draw. But when it comes to the recent undefeated results, the Galaxy aren’t completely pleased.
“To me, it’s just statistics,” defender Jelle Van Damme said.
The Galaxy have tied five of their past nine games, including a disappointing 1-1 draw against San Jose last week at home.
To continue the unbeaten streak, the team will have to do without forwards Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane, who have joined their respective national teams for international competition.
Brazil is using StubHub Center as its training base before the Copa America Centenario. Brazil will play at the Rose Bowl June 4 against Ecuador. The world’s oldest soccer tournament, this special edition marks 100 years of the tournament and is being played outside South America for the first time. Carson Calif., Tuesday, May ,24, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze)
Despite having 11 days between games, the L.A. Galaxy turned in what midfielder Mike Magee called a “lethargic” performance in a 1-1 draw against San Jose at home on Sunday.
The Galaxy were outshot 12-8, and despite taking a late lead on an own goal in the 83rd minute gave up the equalizer four minutes later. Although L.A. has a league-leading plus-12 goal differential, the team still only has one shutout on the season.
“I think we were four minutes away from what we wanted which was three points and that clean sheet we spoke about during the week,” midfielder Steven Gerrard told reporters. “But by no means did we play to our standards. I thought we were average early and lacked a bit of energy and a bit of creativity in the final third.” Continue reading →
Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month’s Copa America Centenario
Giovani dos Santos stirred up controversy this week when Mexican national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio left the 27-year-old Galaxy forward off the federation’s roster for next month’s Copa American Centenario. According to Osorio, dos Santos declined the invitation, choosing club over country.
After Osorio released the roster Tuesday, dos Santos declined to speak about the situation this week, saying his main focus will be on the Galaxy leading up to a Cali Clasico match with San Jose at home at 4 p.m.
L.A. owns a league-high seven-game unbeaten streak. The Galaxy’s only loss was about 10 seconds away from being a draw, if not for a stoppage-time goal from Colorado’s Marco Pappa. Colorado is currently the only team ahead of L.A. in the Western Conference.
Giovani dos Santos is on a tear, having scored five goals in four games. After two sensational chip shot goals in as many games, dos Santos hammered home an equally sensational volley against New England. Continue reading →