Bull Run: New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch — no stranger to budget constraints at cheapskates Chivas USA — has reunited with former teammate Sacha Kljestan and molded the once much-maligned franchise as a matter of necessity into a model for MLS (Associated Press file photo).
I want to preface this by writing that I, like Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos and Donovan Ricketts, was a midseason addition to the Galaxy. I took over the Galaxy/soccer beat in August and since then, I’ve been frantically trying to learn as much about this team as possible. There’s still much for me to learn.
I can’t wrap up the entire season, because to be honest, when this season started, I was still in college. But here are some of the things that stood out to me as the season came to a close: Continue reading
Here’s the Galaxy player quote sheet for the Galaxy’s loss to the Sounders. Click here for video and transcript of head coach Bruce Arena. Continue reading
Opening thoughts: I think Christmas came early in Seattle. We absolutely gift-wrapped that game for them tonight. Our play in front of our goal defensively was atrocious. Just gift-wrapped the three goals for them. Give them credit, they jumped on the mistakes, but we were shockingly poor on those goals. The officiating didn’t help. We have a second goal, we have maybe the best tackle of the night and somehow he calls it a foul and it ends up in the back of the net. That’s our fault. We still need to defend better. We gift-wrapped the game. It’s a game we should have won.
How surprising it is that an experienced group could make those mistakes: Not good. It wasn’t good. Shocking mistakes.
Donovan Ricketts’ game: A lot of mistakes back there, no question about it.
On the offensive performance: We played pretty well. We should have won this game tonight. We literally gift-wrapped the game tonight. If you’re going to give away goals like that, you don’t deserve to win, that’s for sure.
Surprised the season ended so quickly? Yeah, this game was there to win tonight. For us to concede a goal right to start the game, come back to get a goal and give another one, which wasn’t helped by officiating, but we still are at fault there. And the third goal, we can certainly do better there. You’re giving a home team goals, that’s not the way to play on the road. We should have come out in the second half, you knew they would come at us a little bit and get ourselves into the game, and try to find a third goal or get into extra time. But to concede the three goals that we conceded is absolutely poor.
On the second goal, does Stevie need to stay with his man or does Donovan need to claim it: Both, and the referee doesn’t call a foul. Ridiculous call. That wasn’t a foul. It was a clean tackle, all the way. We have to do better, a lot of mistakes.
How disappointing is it that the season ended this soon? Of course it’s disappointing. You think we’re happy about it? But we have no one to look at but ourselves. As I said, I think we gift-wrapped a nice goal for Seattle.
On if there will be changes: Like every year, there’s going to be changes. It’s not any different from one game to the next.
Things we know for sure: Robbie Keane is doing just fine this season. The reigning MLS MVP has scored more goals this season (20) than he did last season, and did it in fewer games. After he scored the equalizer against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healey asked on the broadcast: “Robbie Keane, where would they be without him?”
It’s probably best for the team to not even think about the answer to that question.
Sebastian Lletget is the next leading scorer on the team with just seven goals. Lletget hasn’t scored since Aug. 23 against New York City FC.
Today could be the last Galaxy game day of the season. It’s win or go home in the knockout round of the MLS Playoffs.
Vitals: Kickoff 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field // Broadcast on Unimas
Here’s your pregame reading list: Continue reading
As Robbie Keane leads the team into the playoffs, I wrote about the Galaxy’s captain’s life in L.A. and just how a kid from Dublin becomes the king of the Galaxy.
Even now each goal, each assist feels just as sweet as it did when Keane was a 17-year-old making his professional debut.
“I think that (feeling) is why things have gone well for me here,” Keane said. “That’s why I continue to want to score goals, wanting to do well for the team, wanting to get assists. If I continue to keep doing that, I can play here for a long time, there’s no question about that.”
In 90 crazy, exciting and dramatic minutes across the league, the LA Galaxy went from second in the West to fourth, to third, to fifth, and when the dust settled on Decision Day, the Galaxy limped out of the fray with a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City and a knockout round game at Seattle waiting for them this week.
A 2-0 win for Vancouver over Houston locked up the second seed for the Whitecaps, and the Timbers also jumped the Galaxy with a 4-1 win over Colorado at home to clinch the third seed.
The Sounders won 3-1 over Real Salt Lake to set up the knockout round matchup with L.A. Sporting Kansas City held on for the sixth seed.