March 10, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle (14) and Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler (28) chase down the ball during the second half of the game at The Home Depot Center. The Real Salt Lake won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Last night's loss to Real Salt Lake was a tough pill to swallow. The LA Galaxy looked shaky on defense, and just plain exhausted. Bruce Arena didn't make many changes from the starting lineup we saw on Wednesday in Toronto, which was surprising considering LA has another leg to play against TFC in three days.
My biggest takeaways? Filling the hole Omar Gonzalez leaves behind is going to be a challenge. There was a big disconnect between the midfield and the forwards. And who is Arena going to start on Wednesday? The guys were clearly gassed by the end of the match, so I can't imagine he will keep the same starting 11 for the second leg against Toronto FC.
But, the team will need to shake off the disappointment of last night's loss and refocus on their CONCACAF Champions League match, which is way more important in the grand scheme of things.
Here are the headlines:
Not a banner night for Galaxy in their MLS opener -- Daily Breeze
The Galaxy marched onto the field as defending MLS champion, then promptly realized how much of a struggle it was to achieve.
RSL’s Morales reclaims star status in no time vs. Galaxy -- The Salt Lake Tribune
Javier Morales joined the action late for Real Salt Lake, in its season opener against the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
RSL gets a little late, yet sweet revenge against Galaxy -- Deseret News
Four months later, Real Salt Lake got its revenge on the Galaxy.
Galaxy get off to an unreal start -- Los Angeles Times
Defending MLS champions suffer rare loss at home, 3-1 to Real Salt Lake, with an own goal turning the tide.