Dearly beloved, we are gathered here tonight to celebrate the life of the most recent Los Angeles Galaxy dynasty created by manager Bruce Arena. It was born in 2010, when it earned the MLS Supporters’ Shield. It earned another Shield and two MLS Cups in 2011 and 2012, before dying tonight at the hands of Real Salt Lake, 2-0, to lost 2-1 on aggregate.
At least I didn’t have to watch that uninspiring display in person. In fact, this season deserved to die the death it did. Let’s take a look at how the Los Angeles Galaxy’s dynasty was torn to pieces.
1. Sebastian Velasquez breaks through
It had to come. It just had to come. And it did. In the 35th minute, Chris Wingert finds Sebastian Velasquez in the penalty box, who leapt over Kofi Opare for the series equalizer.
2. Chris Schuler, the unexpected hero!
In the 102nd minute, Chris Schuler, the piano-carrier of the team, took care of a Javier Morales set piece and headed it in to send the roof flying off Rio Tinto Stadium. Again, Opare was the culprit in allowing more pain to the Galaxy.
3. The 4-4-2 diamond is the ticket to the promised land for RSL
Experimentation just doesn’t work, when all is said and done. Jason Kreis elected to return to the conventional 4-4-2 diamond formation that had delivered for Real Salt Lake, and it was effective. Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were closed down, and both Morales and Alvaro Saborio were superb up top.
4. Morales was robbed in the second half
I have said it on the Live Blog and I will say it again, Javier Morales was robbed of the game-winner. In the 85th minute, what looked to be a clean set piece golazo from Morales was called back by Baldomero Toledo. From my perspective, that was clean as a whistle. There was no infraction. But that is the View’s opinion on things.
5. Alvaro Saborio is day to day
In the second extra time period, Alvaro Saborio left the game with a hip flexor injury that he sustained. Saborio has had this injury for quite some time, and his status could be in question for the MLS Western Conference Final. What made this victory sweeter is that RSL had to finish the game with 10 men.
6. The stats don’t matter
Take a look at the statistics, and sound off on the Comments if you thought this was really a close contest. In this case, the stats don’t matter. As I said on the Live Blog, better finishing, defending and passing win the night, and that’s what Real Salt Lake did.
The mass is ended, go in peace in the name of the football gods. Amen.
|Real Salt Lake||LA Galaxy|
|19||Attempts on Goal||21|
|6||Shots on Target||2|
|9||Shots off Target||15|
|15||Open Play Crosses||29|
|2||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|47%||Duels Won %||52%|
|69%||Passing Accuracy %||73%|