LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas (5/21)

LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

StubHub Center

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m

 (lagalaxy.com)

After what has felt like an eternity, the LA Galaxy will finally play at StubHub Center on Wednesday night. Coming off yet another disappointing result, the Galaxy will be looking to turn things around when FC Dallas comes to town.

The Galaxy’s four games away from home were filled with disappointed results. Out of a possible twelve points, the Galaxy was only able to earn two, those coming in Vancouver and Portland. Although splitting points away from home would not seem like a terrible result, the circumstances in which the Galaxy walked away with ties do make it seem like it. The Galaxy’s defense gave up late goals in both of those games, and along with the latest defensive mistake this past Saturday, they have not had a good showing as of late.

The backline is not the only concern for the Galaxy. It has seemed like if Robbie Keane is not scoring, nobody else is putting the ball in the back for LA. The opportunities have been there, but a lack of a finishing touch in the final third have prevented the Galaxy from earning points. Due to a lack of goals and plenty of defensive blunders, the Galaxy is currently on a four-game winless streak, the last victory coming in LA’s last game at home over a month ago.

Although the Galaxy has played fewer games than anyone else in the Western Conference, LA is sitting in last place in the West. The Galaxy has had only two victories in eight games, a disappointing percentage. FC Dallas, on the other hand, is sitting in third place in the standings. Dallas’ good start to the season has kept them there, because ultimately they’ve had a poor run as well. After starting the season off with a five-game unbeaten run, Dallas has not recorded a victory in the last five games.  Away from home, Dallas has won just one out of five matches, something the Galaxy should take advantage of.

THIS IS LA!

LA Galaxy:

9 points, 8 GF, 7 GA

2-3-3, 9th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-2-3

FC Dallas:

17 points, 21 GF, 20 GA

5-5-2, 3rd in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-2-1

Away Record: 1-3-1

@acosta19LA

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy (5/17)

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy

Saturday, May 17, 2014

BBVA Compass Stadium

Kick-off: 5:30 p.m

 

Another game, another late goal given up. This past Sunday the Galaxy was in Portland, and was literally a couple of minutes away from defeating the Timbers and returning to Southern California with three points. After a back and forth game, Robbie Keane put the Galaxy in front with his fifth goal of the season, a goal that seemed to be the game-winner in the 92nd minute. In the dying moments of the match, however, the Galaxy defense gave up another late goal and LA ended up returning home with only one point.

Giving up late goals has been a problem the Galaxy has been having for quite some time now. The team’s inability to close out games has cost them a good amount of points, but the part that worries the most is that the team can’t seem to focus and put on a complete performance throughout the whole game. On the road, the Galaxy’s struggles continue to become apparent. The Galaxy has not won a game away from StubHub Center in MLS play since their 4-1 victory over Philadelphia, over a year ago.

The Galaxy will be shorthanded when they face the Dynamo, as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez have joined the U.S. National Team’s training camp after being named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup. Houston will also be missing one of their key players in Brad Davis.

It can be safe to say that the Dynamo’s season has had lots of ups and downs only eleven games in. All looked promising for Houston in their home opener, defeating New England 4-0, but since then they’ve had some road blocks. They’ve given up four goals or more in three different occasions, including last weekend at home against Real Salt Lake in their 2-5 defeat.

Galaxy players and staff have made it known they feel they were robbed last week in Portland in a no-call on a play that could have sealed the game for LA, but it’s time to leave that behind and focus on Houston. Ending their longest series of away games this season, the Galaxy would love nothing more than to close it out with a victory, their first away from home in over a year. Houston, however, will be no easy match for LA. The Dynamo will be looking to bounce back from that embarrassing defeat at home last week, and will look to capitalize on LA’s absences as well as weaknesses away from home.

THIS IS LA! 

LA Galaxy:

9 points, 8 GF, 6 GA

2-2-3, 8th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-1-3

Houston Dynamo:

14 points, 15 GF, 19 GA

4-5-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Home Record: 3-2-1

Away Record: 1-3-1

@acosta19LA

Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy (5/11)

Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Providence Park

Kick-off: 11:30 a.m.

(fansided.com)

Following their first defeat on the road this season, the Los Angeles Galaxy is heading up north to visit the Portland Timbers. With fewer games played than the Timbers, the Galaxy is one spot above the team one of last year’s Western Conference finalists. A victory over Portland would get the Galaxy back to winning ways just before closing their series of four consecutive games on the road next weekend.

Last Saturday’s defeat in Colorado was a tough one for the Galaxy. After a very intense first few minutes of the Game, the Galaxy was able to develop just a few number of opportunities in front of goal. With Marcelo’s absence in the midfield and with Omar leaving the game at halftime, the streak for injured Galaxy players continued to stay alive. Robbie Keane had the Galaxy’s most clear chance of getting on the scoreboard, but his second penalty kick miss of the season cost the Galaxy the opportunity to leave Colorado with at least one point. Interestingly, Rob Friend was awarded the penalty kick after a doubtful foul in the box for the second time this season, both attempts which have been thrown away by Keane.

The current Portland Timbers are far from being the team that nearly reached the MLS Cup final last season. This past Saturday the Timbers were finally able to get their first victory of the season, after eight previous attempts. Portland and Los Angeles head into Sunday’s game with different momentum, but the Galaxy has not had much success on the road when facing the Timbers. The Galaxy’s lone victory up north came in 2012 in a 5-2 victory over Portland, but failed to defeat them in all of their three meetings last season.

Although the Timbers just won their first game of the season this past weekend, they have yet to lose at home. Last weekend’s victory and four previous draws have kept Portland undefeated at home, with “La Gata” Fernandez becoming the Timbers’ key player so far this season. Leading the club’s goal-scoring race, Fernandez joined the club during the offseason. On the road, the Galaxy has just one victory this season, although it was at StubHub Center when they played the visitors role against Chivas USA. With Omar Gonzalez out due to injury and with Robbie Rogers having played left back for Galaxy II this past Monday, it will be interesting to see what adjustments are made to the backline.

THIS IS LA!

LA Galaxy:

8 points, 7 GF, 5 GA

2-2-2, 6th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-1-2

Portland Timbers:

8 points, 12 GF, 15 GA

1-3-5, 7th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-0-4

Away Record: 0-3-1

@acosta19LA

Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy (5/3)

Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Kick-off: 6:00 p.m

 (lagalaxy.com)

After yet another bye week, the LA Galaxy will be back in MLS action on Saturday evening when they travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids. With less games played than anyone else in the league, the Galaxy currently stands in 6th place in the Western Conference, only three points behind the Rapids.

Almost two months into the season, the Galaxy has only played five league games. In those five games, LA has only faced three different opponents, those being Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA, and Vancouver. Following the defeat on their home opener, the Galaxy has gone unbeaten since. Much of the success the Galaxy has had in the past few games is the roles Stefan Ishizaki and Robbie Keane have taken in said matches. Ishizaki is one of the assist leaders on the team, but has been adding himself to the score sheets as well. With two goals under his name, Ishizaki is the second leading goal-scorer on the squad behind Robbie Keane, who has four. Following the home opener, in which the Galaxy was shut-out for the only time this season, Keane has scored in every game.

After starting the season on a three-game unbeaten run, the Rapids have lost some steam. Colorado is currently on a two-game winless streak, their last game being a 4-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders. Like the Galaxy, the Rapids have only been shutout once this season, that game taking place for Colorado a couple of weeks ago against San Jose. Vicente Sanchez matches the four goals Keane has so far this season, leading the way offensively for Colorado.

With some catching up to do, the Galaxy can continue taking steps towards the top of the Western Conference with a win over the Rapids. Last week, LA gave up the lead twice in Vancouver to start off the series of away games with a draw. The Galaxy has three road games left before having another game at home, and on Saturday they’ll be looking for their first victory away from StubHub Center.

This Is LA!

LA Galaxy:

8 points, 7 GF, 4 GA

2-1-2, 6th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-0-2

Colorado Rapids:

11 points, 9 GF, 9 GA

3-2-2, 4th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-1

Away Record: 2-1-1

@acosta19LA