LA Galaxy @ Sporting KC
Saturday, April 7th, 2012
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Kick-off: 1 p.m
ACB Viewing Party: Dillon’s Irish Pub
No one expected the Galaxy to be struggling this early in the season. Can it be called a struggle after only 3 league games or are fans overreacting? There are those who can create an argument for either side. Many expected LA to represent MLS in what was left of the CONCACAF Champions League, but the Galaxy was eliminated by Toronto FC in Quarterfinals. Some are even considering the Galaxy’s season to be a failure due to LA’s performance in the regional tournament, which was said to be the team’s primary objective. In that series, LA had to fight hard in final minutes of first leg to get a 2-2 draw. A draw in Toronto seemed like a good result, because all the Galaxy needed was a draw in the second leg to advance. The Galaxy failed to do so, as the team fell at home for the second time in a few days. Days before, the Galaxy lost the home/season opener to Real Salt Lake, marking LA’s first defeat at home since November 2010.
Probably the part that worries LA Galaxy fans the most is the defensive troubles the team has been having. During preseason, the team gave up 17 goals in 9 games. The absence of Omar Gonzalez might be a factor for the Galaxy’s lack of positive results, but 4 out of the 5 members of last season’s backline are still playing. So far, seven goals have been given up in three league games. LA has lost 3 out of 4 games at home in all competitions so far, winning only 1 out of 5 games.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the Galaxy after the disappointing loss to the Revolution. Rumors of a confrontation between Beckham/Sarvas at halftime began to make their way around the internet. Neither one of them came out for the second half. Different versions about what happened have been told, so in the end everything’s a rumor. When asked why Beckham didn’t come out for the second half, Arena stated subs were purely “tactical” and a “coach’s decision”. Then, rumors of Beckham not attending this Saturday’s game surfaced online on Monday. Several articles had him attending Sir Tom Finney’s birthday celebrations, but it looks like the information was false (at least, the rumors/speculation seemed to slow down after Alexi Lalas tweeted the Galaxy told him “Beckham will not be in England this weekend. However he recorded a video salute to Sir Tom Finney”).
The Galaxy’s most difficult test so far in this young season will be on Saturday, when the team plays on the road for the first time this year in league play. The opponent? Eastern Conference-leading Sporting KC, one of two teams still undefeated. LA lost to New England 1-3 this past weekend. Robbie Keane scored his third goal in two games, with Buddle assisting in LA’s lone goal against the Revolution. The Galaxy backline will be tested throughout the game, as Sapong, Kamara, and the rest of SKC are aware of LA’s defensive troubles as of late. If the Galaxy wants to turn things around, this is the game in which the team needs to show up and put on a good performance.
3 points, 5 GF, 7 GA
1-2-0, 8th in Western Conference
Home Record: 1-2-0
Away Record: 0-0-0
12 points, 7 GF, 1 GA
4-0-0, 1st in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 2-0-0
Away Record: 2-0-0
THIS IS LA!
Don’t forget to head over to ACB’s Viewing Party at Dillon’s and pick up your 5th Anniversary ACB scarf.
Full Menu, All Ages, Lots of TV’s! Game is at 1pm! $3 Pints ALL DAY -tons of different beers on tap.
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