Even though this week, they will be taking part in a series of international club friendlies, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy have to wonder if they could ever win away from home. On Saturday, they lost 2-0 to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Defender Todd Dunivant is aware that this is, indeed, a major issue.
“I think we have to start getting a better mentality of getting points on the road. We have to be a little smarter,” Dunivant told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Again, we’re not pushing ourselves out of position or anything like that. It’s just a mentality we have to get back to of trying to get a point first and foremost.”
“It bothers us because we knew there was a second 45 [minutes]. You talk about going out and not giving up a goal in the first fifteen and that’s where we gave up another goal a few minutes into the second half. That kind of put us behind the ball,” said defender Sean Franklin. “It’s frustrating knowing how well we played in the first half and they got a goal like that at the end of the first half.
“It’s unacceptable. Our team’s better than that. We’ve just got to bounce back when we get the chance to play again.”
Arena believes that the Galaxy earned their afternoon of masochism…with flying colors.
“They physically manhandled us,” Arena told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “They won the battles most of the day. It was a really poor goal for us to give up at the end of the first half. It was a big play and, obviously, not a good way to start the second half by letting them create the second goal.
“Overall, we deserved to get beat.”
“I think giving up that late goal at the end of the first half kind of deflated us a little bit, and then we were chasing,” Dunivant added. “Giving up a goal at the beginning of the second half really put the dagger in us, and we didn’t have the legs to see out the goal. Quite honestly, we got beat. We got beat all over the field.”
And it’s expected, according to the Bold Predictions, that it will be more of the same against Real Madrid. But that’s a different story. One team that isn’t beat is the USA Men’s National Team, and Landon Donovan’s game-winning assist to Brek Shea paced the Nats to a 1-0 victory in the 2013 Gold Cup Final.
Midfielder Kenney Walker will be playing with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL on loan after helping the Galaxy Reserves shut out the Colorado Rapids Reserves, 1-0. Walker delivered a game-winning assist to Chandler Hoffman.
“I just wanted to come out and help these guys win so we could be first in the reserve league. I just like playing whether it is here or in Ft. Lauderdale,” Walker told Serrano. “[Once in Ft. Lauderdale], I just want to play, get more experience, and match fitness so I can, hopefully, come back in to help [the Galaxy] for a few matches whether they be in the Reserve League or the CONCACAF Champions League.
“Everyone wants to play here. This is the top club in the country in my eyes. It’s going to be good to get minutes and experience, then if I do get inserted back into the Galaxy any time down the line, it’ll be a good chance to show myself.”
As for the first team, they will have to deal with Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup, and the depth will be tested for sure.
“I think these games are going to pose a different type of challenge, and probably a challenge we won’t see too often in this league,” said midfielder Pablo Mastroeni to Serrano. “It will give guys a good opportunity to play against really good opponents, and to see where you stand individually, and more importantly, where you fit collectively with the team moving into the later part of the season.
“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to play against guys you watch on TV all the time and to measure yourself up against them.”