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LA Galaxy Winning Streak Comes to an End

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LA Galaxy attacker Romain Alessandrini | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 30, 2018

The LA Galaxy faced off at the Stub Hub Center against FC Dallas trying to extend their win streak to three games in a row which would be their longest of the season. The Galaxy defensive backline would be trying to maintain their shutout streak as they hadn’t given up a goal in their last two wins as well.

Meanwhile FC Dallas was riding a four game unbeaten streak that included a 3-2 win against the LA Galaxy in Dallas earlier this month.

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LA Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen heading the ball towards Richard Gonzalez’s goal | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 30, 2018

This game ended much like their last meeting as the Galaxy gave up early goals and tried to play catch up, only to lose 3-2. At times the game deteriorated into a kicking and screaming match and was marred by time wasting and scuffles.

Now the three takeaways from the game.

Down Early…Again

To start the game off the Galaxy were pressing the attack and staying aggresive but the some terrible defensive break downs put the team in a quick 0-2 hole.

The first goal was scored in the 33rd minute when the defense lost Ryan Hollingshead in the box who hit a ball high in the right corner that goalkeeper David Bingham had no chance at.

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FC Dallas keeper Richard Gonzalez catching the ball over LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 30, 2018

Six minutes later Christian Colman got to a cross on the box and headed into the Galaxy goal, and just like that the Galaxy were down 0-2 and had to chase for the rest of the game. A third goal at the 65th minute mark sealed the game despite the final stat line.

In the post game scrum Zlatan Ibrahimovic echoed the teams frustration:

“Losing 3-0 chase the game, I’ve played more than 800 games it’s very difficult to win games when you’re losing 3 doesn’t matter who you are…”

Lineup Questions 

Coach Sigi Schmid pretty much admitted that the starting lineup may have hindered the team in the first half, it does bear out that when Ema Boateng came in the 57th minute, the Galaxy offense started clicking even as FC Dallas was trying to park the bus, the Galaxy out shot Dallas 8-3 before Dallas were left with 10 men.

Schmid conceded that he wanted to rest some players before their upcoming match against the Portland Timbers. Schmid said it wasn’t excuse, everybody on the team has to be ready to play.

Make the pass…or not

Most of the night the Galaxy either couldn’t make the right pass or the right cross. Many times Galaxy players were looking for Ibrahimovic on the back post, most of the times they missed their target. In the first half the Galaxy only connected on six percent of their crosses.

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LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 30, 2018

While the LA Galaxy’s possession numbers went up, that was probably due more to playing the last 20 minutes of the game a man up than actual gameplay.

The Galaxy have a short turnaround as they play the Timbers this Saturday. They’ll have to fix their passing woes or else their offense won’t click.

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