The LA Galaxy came into tonight’s match hoping to get a win, to not only further solidify their place in the Western Conference, but to get back into contention for first place. After tonight’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Minnesota United, the latter looks a lot less likely, as the team are now in danger of having to fight just to get into the postseason.
While the Galaxy enjoyed more possession for the first half, it was the home side, Minnesota United, that came out hot from the start. The LA defense was shambolic to open up the match. Not once, but twice, they left Minnesota’s most dangerous goal threats, far too much room.
Emanuel Reynoso gave his team the lead just four minutes into the match, as a poor clearance failed to get out of danger, eventually finding Reynoso who put it in from outside the box. The Argentinian would strike again in the 21st minute, from almost the identical spot as before. This time, putting a move on the defense to free up the bit of space he needed from outside the box.
Minnesota would hold on for the remainder of the half, to take the two goal lead into the break. The Galaxy finished the half with just four shots, one on target. Things didn't improve in the second half. In fact, they got worse. Minnesota’s Ethan Finlay put the final nail in the coffin, in the 66th minute, with a third Minnesota goal.
The loss extends the winless run to six matches for LA. Even more worrisome, it puts the Galaxy within striking distance of the teams below them, in the race for a playoff spot. Their chances of finishing the season top of the conference may be fading away, but they need to get back to their winning ways before their playoff aspirations slip away as well.
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