Four Star Daily: LA Galaxy lose to Monterrey

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The LA Galaxy are up against it after giving up two late goals to Monterrey. Bruce Arena wasn't happy, Omar Gonzalez took the blame, and Juninho's injury put a scare into everyone.

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  • So what exactly went wrong in those last fifteen minutes for the LA Galaxy, allowing Monterrey to steal a 2-1 victory? Bruce Arena called those minutes the most important of the game, and Omar Gonzalez took the blame for allowing Aldo de Nigris to get behind him. Arena admitted the back line was tired at the end of the match, and blamed inexperience on players running themselves ragged.
  • Another theory goes that the Galaxy lost the plot after Juninho went out with an injury in the 61st minute. Michael Stephens coming in for Juninho was a definite downgrade, and the midfield appeared shakier for the last half hour. It was Stephens who let in the cross on Monterrey's first goal, getting turned every which way.
  • A third theory says the Galaxy should have gotten a second goal, and that the goals a team doesn't score will be scored against them. Robbie Keane had an open chance in the 67th minute but it was tipped wide by Monterrey backup keeper Juan de Dios Ibarra. Bruce Arena didn't hold back saying he thought with more experience and quality LA gets a second or a third, but also said that's not an excuse and sometimes teams have to win 1-0.
  • Adam Serrano included some more angles in his three points after the match. He points out that Monterrey's subs were key in the result as both goal scoring crosses were sent in by offensive minded substitutes.
  • No team in CCL history has come back after losing their first leg at home (0-12). In Mexico, a 1-0 victory is a loss for the Galaxy, 2-0 is a win. 2-1 would sent the series into added extra time.
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