3 things we learned from LA Galaxy's 1-2 defeat against St. Louis City SC

  • LA Galaxy lost in their first public preseason match
  • Fagundez scored with an assist from Cuevas
  • Many young players got playing time

Los Angeles Galaxy v St. Louis City SC
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In the aftermath of LA Galaxy's 1-2 defeat against St. Louis City SC, several noteworthy observations emerged, shedding light on both individual performances and broader team dynamics.


1. John McCarthy's arrival makes an impact

The newly arrived goalkeeper, John McCarthy, demonstrated his readiness for the LA Galaxy challenge. Hailing from our arch-rivals, LAFC, the 31-year-old showcased his skills with a couple of crucial saves, affirming his talent and commitment to his new team.

John McCarthy
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2. Preseason realities unveiled

Despite the excitement surrounding LA Galaxy's return to action, it's evident that preseason matches serve more than just an exhibition purpose. The physical fitness levels of some players were subpar, which is entirely normal at this stage. While fans would have preferred to see them at their peak, patience is required as the team gradually reaches optimal form.


3. Emerging Young Talent

The Galaxy provided opportunities for several young players during the match, revealing glimpses of promising talent. Mauricio Cuevas, Tucker Lepley, and Aaron Bibout, among others, showcased intriguing flashes of skill and potential. The infusion of youthful energy adds depth to the team's roster.


The match featured an initial lineup that included Bond, Yamane, Yoshida, Mavinga, Aude, Cerrillo, Delgado, Lepley, Fagundez, Berry, and Cuevas. The final score favored St. Louis City SC at 1-2, with goals from Diego Fagundez (55', assisted by Mauricio Cuevas) for the Galaxy and Christopher Durkin (19') and Nökkvi Þórisson (88') for St. Louis City SC.

Next. Video: Fagundez's goal in LA Galaxy's 1-2 defeat vs. St. Louis City SC. Video: Fagundez's goal in LA Galaxy's 1-2 defeat vs. St. Louis City SC. dark

Substitutions in the second half saw McCarthy, Zavaleta, and Miller entering for Bond, Mavinga, and Yamane, respectively. Additional changes at the 63rd minute featured Reveno, Villalpando, Arnold, Parente, Ramos Jr., Nelson, and Bibout, showcasing the team's depth and strategic approach to preseason development.

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