Not that long ago the Galaxy were soaring.
Near the end of Bruce Arena’s tenure, for some reason LA had stopped winning on the road. So when Curt Onalfo’s reinvigorated squad won three straight away games, optimism among players and fans alike was high.
Now hopelessly mired in a three game losing streak, the Galaxy have suffered probably the worst week in club history. And it’s only Wednesday.
I wouldn’t say this is the most painful week for Galaxy fans. For example, losing an MLS Cup hurts far more in the long run than a few league results. Heck, LA dumping AJ DeLaGarza hurt more than this.
But on paper, its been BAD. Let’s recap.
Saturday, LA Galaxy blow the Cali Clasico in stoppage time:
San Jose fans like to think there’s something mystical about their last-second comebacks vs. the Galaxy, but there’s nothing mystical about bad defending. At least when Shea Salinas roofed a close-range blast inside the net with seconds remaining to steal the victory, it was a 18-year-old in Hugo Arellano who failed to close down the shot and not some veteran who should know better. (Of course, what every Galaxy fan is muttering to themselves right about now is, “Yeah, but you know who could have played left back? AJ DeLaGarza!”)
Plus (and I’m sure I’m not here alone here) I always get a kick out of Quakes players celebrating a win over LA like they won the World Cup. They do enjoy sticking it to us city slickers.
Monday, Los Dos suffer worst loss in USL history, falling 9-0 to Reno 1868 FC:
It’s not even worth discussing the result, because it wasn’t a contest. With the senior team depriving LA Galaxy II of all their talent, you had one of the league’s top sides in front of a big crowd slapping a bunch of kids around for 90 minutes. (If you can stomach the highlights, see for yourself)
Tuesday, Galaxy embarrassed 6-2 at home by Real Salt Lake on the 4th of July:
Playing the final game of a brutal stretch totaling 7 games in 21 days, LA were exhausted and with most of their lineup decimated through injuries, call-ups and suspensions.
That’s still no excuse for a terrible RSL team to waltz into the StubHub Center and throughly outplay, out-hustle and outcompete the Galaxy as LA suffered their worst home loss in eight years. Ashley Cole summed up the defeat in one word: “Embarrassing”.
How did this happen?
The Galaxy have a lot of talented pieces, but LA’s glaring lack of depth and poorly constructed roster bears plenty of responsibility for the team’s shocking results. Curt Onalfo has come under fire for the team’s capitulation last night, but currently the manager only has so much to work with.
Not a fun past couple of days.