After the loss to the Columbus Crew seven days ago, head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match, “If we didn’t have bad luck, we’d have no luck.”
He was not kidding. Schmid was referring to the VAR call that overturned a penalty kick awarded to the LA Galaxy but given how this season has unfolded, it makes sense. The 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes put Los Angeles’ playoff chances in the coffin.
The club once again underperformed which has been the story of the season but another storyline reared its ugly head again – injuries. New signing Pele van Anholt was subbed off in the second half of the Cali Clasico with an injury. On Tuesday, Schmid confirmed the right-back suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus on his right knee ending his season.
Van Anholt was just five games into his Galaxy career when he suffered this demoralizing injury. After surgery, expect the 26-year-old to be out until late Spring at the latest. The Dutch defender was brought in to remedy the right-back spot that badly needed an upgrade.
Starting right-back Robbie Rogers was placed on the season-ending list in the early part of the season and the Galaxy used a platoon of players to cover the position unsuccessfully. Rafael Garcia, Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo admirably tried but were clearly not ready. Van Anholt was the solution and looked the part but now we’ll have to wait until next season.
A rash of injuries has plagued this team from the beginning with Gyasi Zardes and Rogers recovering from offseason surgeries. Zardes came back (physically) but has not been the same this campaign. Rogers as already noted is out for the year and Sebastian Lletget will more than likely do the same after picking up a foot injury while on international duty.
Jermaine Jones, Brian Rowe, Giovani dos Santos and Baggio Husidic have missed chunks of 2017 with various maladies which has severely hampered chemistry. The Galaxy are currently second-to-last place in the Western Conference and should just let their players recover and start planning for next season.
In 2018, Lletget, Rogers and van Anholt should be good to go while new coach will have a full preseason with his squad to implement his vision.
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