Four straight defeats for LA Galaxy, the last two at home, and the last coming against the worst team in the league the Colorado Rapids 1-0.
What’s worse than losing to the worst team in the league? How about the fact that the Rapids had not won a game ALL SEASON and were on an 8 game losing streak.
Personally, even more concerning is the lack of easy victories for this Galaxy team. In 13 matches the Galaxy have seven victories but only two of those have come by more than one goal. Compare that to LAFC who have as many multiple goal victories as we have total wins (7). And despite only losing five matches, three have been multiple goal losses for the Galaxy.
How the Team is Built
This Galaxy team is build around Zlatan Ibrahimovic or a central striker who is the focal point of the offense. This is not a team that will get lots of goals from its midfielders or its wingers. Zlatan has as many goals (9) as the rest of the team combined. That is a huge problem considering Zlatan hasn’t even played in three of those matches.
Manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto touched on not having Zlatan in these games ” When we don’t have Ibrahimovic the team can feel like something’s happened with us because he’s our forward.” That “something” the team feels is a lack of a goal scoring threat. Two of the top five scorers for the Galaxy are defenders. After Zlatan, Daniel Steres (who is playing his best season) is second on the team in scoring with three goals.
Poor Form of the Supporting Cast
Sebastian Lletget, Emmanuel Boateng, and Joe Corona have offered very little going forward. Romain Alessandrini, Chris Pontius, and Jonathan dos Santos all seem to be battling nagging injuries each week. You could tell that dos Santos, who has started in every game but one, has not been 100% in every game this season, but still puts in as much as he can, “It’s true I trained all week after being out for ten days, but it’s not an excuse. In the end I played because I wanted to, and because I thought I could help my team.”
This Galaxy team has only scored one more goal than it has given up this season (18 and 17 respectively). Which tells us that the fact that they are in fourth place in the Western Conference is a miracle.
With wing-backs who can’t cross and midfielders who don’t score, I don’t see a very exciting product on the field and I expect nothing to change any time soon.