Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are back to more familiar situations: that of losing games. Yes, I was being sarcastic, but you know how it is. (blue and yellow, blue and yellow…) Wiz Khalifa impersonations aside, the Galaxy were devoid of their swag and their dignity as they were slammed, 1-0, by Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids.
More sarcasm there. Here are six things we learned from this unfortunate occurence at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday night.
1. Colorado are a charmed outfit
The one reason why I say Colorado are a lucky team this season against Los Angeles is that they have yet to face the Galaxy at full strength. Not once had the Rapids faced the Galaxy with landon Donovan, Robbie Keane or Omar Gonzalez. Had Colorado faced Los Angeles at full strength, the outcomes would have been different. The next time these two sides meet, it will mostly likely be in the playoffs, and that’s where the Rapids’ luck will run out.
That leads us to the second point…
2. Los Angeles need their designated players
This is a fact that cannot be erased: at the proving grounds of the Los Angeles Galaxy, designated players make all the difference. Not only do you get swell TV deals, but you also get wins. For the CONCACAF Champions League and the rest of the MLS season, the Galaxy need to play at full strength. If not, expect the close losses and occasional blowouts to pile up.
3. Edson Buddle is back with a vengeance
Edson Buddle scored his 98th goal in his Major League Soccer career by schooling rookie defender Kofi Opare, who may have let himself down in the 75th minute by not going after the former Galaxy veteran. That goal might end up as a Goal of the Week contender. Stay tuned on MLSSoccer.com.
4. Marcelo Sarvas brave in losing effort
The one player that did put on a noteworthy performance was Marcelo Sarvas. He created a number of chances and was a competent field general…but he was surrounded by youth that didn’t really make the grade in Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villareal and Jack McBean.
5. Clint Irwin with another masterful performance
To be considered one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer, you need to get at least one shutout against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Clint Irwin had two, making six saves and fulfilling one of the Bold Predictions for this contest.
6. A recurring theme returns: The Stats Don’t Matter
We’ve seen this happen numerous times throughout the season where the Galaxy lead a number of match statistics but fail to win the game. Stat domination is more than offset by poor finishing, excellent opposition goalkeeping, and a collective lack of quality players. Take a look.
|LA Galaxy||Colorado Rapids|
|18||Attempts on Goal||11|
|6||Shots on Target||4|
|7||Shots off Target||6|
|15||Open Play Crosses||5|
|1||First Yellow Cards||1|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|50%||Duels Won %||49%|
|74%||Passing Accuracy %||74%|