Nobody would accuse the Colorado Rapids of being exciting. However, the LA Galaxy have been known to fire up the crowd from time to time as they light up the scoreboard. The first half was forgettable. The second? Four goals in 45 minutes as both teams were unable to be separated.
Frustrations all around for the fans and players, however, it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic showing the most frustration as he constantly threw his hands up in disgust after every bad pass and bad run. The LA Galaxy twice blew leads to the less talented but perhaps more disciplined Rapids team who earned a tough point on the road.
Goals by Ashley Cole and Sebastian Lletget were matched by Edgar Castillo and Niki Jackson respectively. However, the second goal will leave many LA Galaxy fans disgusted including myself, having felt David Bingham should have saved it. Instead, Bingham opted for the spectacular one-handed save, when a simple two-handed one would have been sufficient.
From Bad to Worse
Not only did the LA Galaxy fail to create some separation between them and the rest of the pack, but they also lost midfielder Jonathan dos Santos to an apparent groin injury in the first half. This means that all three designated players for the LA Galaxy are out with injuries. It is unknown how long all three will be out.
LA Galaxy defender Michael Ciani also left the game at halftime with apparent hamstring tightness. The LA Galaxy seem to be dropping like flies and with three games in a row versus potential playoff contenders, the screw is beginning to tighten and the pressure mounts on coach Sigi Schmid and his staff.
This is where Schmid needs to show there is no beef with him and Emmanuel Boateng who is a threat on the wing but the LA Galaxy boss refuses to start him. Lletget should slide central rather easily and the wings would be Chris Pontius and Boateng. Ola Kamara and Ibrahimovic can remain as the two central strikers while Daniel Steres can replace Ciani in the back.
The LA Galaxy have one of the deepest squads in the MLS but Schmid still doesn’t know which combination of players works best as well as the best tactics for them. Traditional 4-4-2 wisdom tells you to get the ball to your strikers feet ASAP and let them combine. Also, you need midfielders who have the speed, stamina, and desire to work forward and back *ahem Boateng cough* cough*.
The LA Galaxy have now put themselves in a really tough position (what else is new?) needing to pick up some wins in a really tough stretch of games. Next game up is Saturday August 18, at 1:00 p.m. versus the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.
I have no idea what LA Galaxy team will show up.