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What went wrong in the LA Galaxy loss?

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We take a look at some things that went wrong.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Los Angeles Galaxy
What happened in the loss?
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The LA Galaxy lost three out of four home games following their latest defeat to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

To put that in perspective, during the previous three years at the StubHub Center, the Galaxy lost three total matches during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 campaigns combined.

So, what exactly went wrong in the latest defeat? We take a look.

Bad day at the office for Smith

For the first time all season, Nathan Smith looked out of his depth on the right side of the attack. He finally had to deal with an extremely good winger in Jordan Morris and lost the battle, time after time.

And, during the opening half, Nicolas Lodeiro fooled the UCLA product badly with a couple of deft step overs.

The 22-year-old was not the biggest problem, however, and will use this going forward to better himself when faced with similar challenge later on in the year.

Tactics — or lack thereof?

Did Curt Onalfo not have a plan for how to stop the front four of the Seattle Sounders? Or did Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer out coach his counterpart today?

Seattle passed their way to victory Sunday, overrunning the central part of the defense. This forced Onalfo to change Emmanuel Boateng for Baggio Husidic with seven minutes to go in the first half.

As the change happened, the Galaxy looked lost from a tactical standpoint. There was no rhyme or reason to their formation heading into the locker room.

Coming out of halftime, however, they at least looked a little more schooled in tactics and opted to go with a 4-2-3-1 for the most part going forward.

But Onalfo is going to need to need to come up with a couple of different ideas if his side is passed off the park like that again.

Inept offense

What was wrong with the offense today? They just did not seem to be on the same page whatsoever.

There were few proactive runs into the box, five to six players were bunched in one spot in the final third, and the final past was lacking early and often.

What needs to change? Personnel? Tactics? Coach? A little of everything?

Luckily for the Galaxy, the are going up against a team who might be worse next Saturday night when the Philadelphia Union come to town.

And if they get a result, perhaps the mood around the team will change for the better, and a point streak can start to build. But there’s a lot to fix before then.