Usually that headline rings as a compliment for the Los Angeles club.
The team being on a different universe, light-years ahead of everyone else in Major League Soccer, has become a norm. Well, in 2012, the team might be in a different universe, but only because it's being left behind by the rest of the league.
The reigning MLS Cup champs are dead last in the Western Conference, with three points from four games, including two 3-1 defeats and recently a 1-0 loss to Sporting KC.
The midfield looks out of sync and in utter disarray. The defense can't cope with strong strikers and is abysmal in the air. The forwards can't seem to find the back of the net even if a group of supporters stood behind the goal with neon-colored arrows.
The loss of Omar Gonzalez was a huge blow for the squad. But it's difficult to comprehend how the loss of one player can impact a team that on paper is the exact same squad from last year.
The injury bug has also bitten LA as of late (Landon Donovan was out against New England, and David Beckham didn't fly to Kansas City), but it's hard to use it as an excuse for such horrible performances.
This setback seems to be more of a mental issue the team has to cope with, and the players have to do it soon. There is not much time to waste in this tough Western Conference.