Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Carolina RailHawks: 6 Things We Learned
This has been a May of futility for Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy. No wins, only one draw. Could things get any worse for Arena? Could his role as the boss be in grave danger?
On Tuesday night, the Galaxy surrendered a one-goal lead to the Carolina RailHawks and lost 2-1 to crash out of the U.S. Open Cup.
With a long, long break before the Galaxy return to MLS action, here are six things we learned regarding the culmination of a futile month of soccer for the Galaxy.
1. Arena Fails To Take the Cup Seriously
This was perhaps doomed from the beginning. A number of key starters were not on the plane to North Carolina: A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Todd Dunivant, Juninho and David Beckham.
Because of this, Carolina were able to take advantage of an under-strengthed LA Galaxy side and leave the match late.
2. A Full 90 minutes from Leonardo
One of the bright spots to take from this defeat was that Leonardo, who was injured for a majority of last season, earned a full 90 and stoppage starting in the back line for the Galaxy. Whether or not his performance will lead him to playing time during the MLS season remains to be seen.
3. Tommy Meyer Continues To Improve
Center-back Tommy Meyer starred for the Galaxy in the back line but had to be subbed in favor of David Junior Lopes. During his time on the pitch, Meyer made routine clearances and helped generate some sequences offensively. However, the lack of experience meant that he could not do it alone.
4. Wholesale Changes Could Be on the Way
A number of players could be on their way out of Los Angeles: Bryan Jordan, Michael Stephens, Kyle Nakazawa, Chad Barrett, Lopes and even Hector Jimenez, among the notables. If the Galaxy expect to contend for the rest of this season, a number of contracts have to be eaten up and a new wave of transfers come in this season.
5. Arena Is Definitely on the Hotseat
Phil Anschutz had better take a look at this string of results and ask himself, do we really want to keep Arena now? It is very clear that Arena has lost control of this team, and the failure to take this competition seriously only adds to the case against this three-time MLS Cup winner.
A managerial change, at this point in the season, might be the way to go before the year is completely a wash.
6. Galaxy Have a Long Time To Think Before Portland
The international break is going to be something the Galaxy will want to take advantage of. It gives them plenty of time to think before the MLS slate kicks up on June 17 at home against the Portland Timbers.
A lack of offense, a porous defense and no drive has plagued this Los Angeles Galaxy team. If they don't make changes, and fast, this season will be a wash before Tottenham and Real Madrid say hello.
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