The LA Galaxy lost to the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on the road in a match that was decided by a chip pass by Colorado's Vicente Sanchez that flew into the net at an impossible angle and a missed penalty on the part of the LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane. With LA failing to convert two big chances, Bruce Arena was understandably upset after the match.
Outside of the missed penalty, the Galaxy also blew an early opportunity with both Landon Donovan and Stefan Ishizaki having a chance on goal from close range. LA dominated possession sixty-forty, but only had two shots on target after that second minute scramble.
"We just blew this game," said Bruce Arena. "There's no excuses for us. We should've won this game. Very least get a point."
The Galaxy were the better passers on the day, maintaining about eighty percent accuracy while attempting 428 total passes. In the final third they maintained about seventy percent accuracy. However, when it came to turning that control into attempts the Galaxy were noticeably poor.
"We certainly didn't deserve the ending of the game, I don't think. I think that's probably one of our worst performances certainly for a long time. We looked very sluggish and didn't look like we could get the ball down and pass." said Robbie Keane.
Going by Squawka's match scores, it was the Galaxy's second worst performance of the season. Certainly the players feel better about a point earning performance on the road against Real Salt Lake, but with one shot on target it was hardly a performance for the scrapbook. That was the level LA sunk down to tonight, a one-shot-on-target performance on the road against one of the best teams in the league that they had just faced the week before.
In the home opener against Real Salt Lake, Arena said it was a disappointing result. Now six matches in he's done making excuses. It's no longer about the club being unlucky, the missed opportunities are now a concern. The Galaxy still haven't started their catch up with the rest of the league, but with three road matches this month they have to find a way to get some points against beatable opposition.