Things are beginning to look up for the LA Galaxy. After a month of draws, missed opportunities, and a slump they left them fighting for their postseason lives, the team has slowly begun to turn things around, having won two straight, the first shutout win in two months, and their head coach hitting a career milestone.
Last night’s 3-0 win, on the road, against the Houston Dynamo not only lifted the Galaxy back into fifth place in the Western Conference, but it also marked Greg Vanney’s 100th career regular season MLS win as a head coach. While most of those wins came while Vanney helmed Toronto FC, where he amassed over 100 wins across all competitions, there is something special about this milestone coming while leading the MLS team he played for during a large part of his playing career.
Not one to get wrapped up in the moment, Vanney showed he is focused on getting his team to the postseason, before he's going to celebrate individual achievements. When asked what the 100th MLS win meant to him, he responded in part,
“I appreciate the players’ work and belief in what we’re trying to do and going out and executing 100 times in the regular season has been special,” Vanney said after the game. “It’s a special thing to be able to do it back in LA, at a club that gave me my start is wonderful. If it was the one that clinched the playoffs, and got us into the next phase of things, I'd be happier. We’re still grinding away at that and we’re going to keep building. Hopefully 101 or 102 will be the one that seals the deal for us in the playoffs.”
The team will be back at home this Saturday, when they host another Texas team, FC Dallas. With the playoff race heating up, taking advantage of another team with “nothing to play for” will be crucial for the Galaxy, as they look to secure the playoffs sooner, rather than later.
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