Sometimes it’s actually instructive when you don’t get around posting your column until after an event occurs that is included in the column.
Which is how it went today with the U.S.-Ireland game that sent the Americans scuttling back home across the Atlantic 4-1 losers.
Frankly, we didn’t learn much from a youbng, make-shift team: the U.S. ships goals in the second half and can’t score either, although to be fair they hit the woodwork twice.
Oh, and the Galaxy’s robbie keane, if fully fit, would have ripped apart the U.S. back line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and the due of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron in the middle.
That’s it for this year for the USMNT: their record was 6-5-4.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 11, 2014
Finally, check out the highlights of the Western Conference Semifinal last night between FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) November 7, 2014
With the away goals rule in effect for the MLS playoffs for the first time, Real Salt Lake knows an early goal would put pressure on the Galaxy — who would then have to score twice to advance — on Sunday in Carson.
The winner will meet Seattle or Dallas in the conference final; the two teams are tied 1-1 ahead of the sold-out clash the Sounders will host at 7:30 p.m. Monday:
Another unwatchable playoff opener with two teams unwilling to give anything away ahead of the second leg, which is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
“Ugly game,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “Lopsided in calls. The fouls were over two to one in our favor. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. It made for one crappy game for sure. … Next week, the game’s going to look a lot different.”
Let’s hope so.
Notable: The Galaxy are now winless in the last four games.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) November 1, 2014