Setbacks? Better now than later.
If the latest slate of dismal performances by Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy were to happen after February, this would be a cause for concern.
So for the Galaxy manager, having setbacks like a 3-0 loss to the most unexpected of teams—the Montreal Impact—in February is better than during the 2012 MLS season.
“It was a good morning for us; we got a lot out of it,” Arena told Luis Bueno of MLSSoccer.com. “A real good game to evaluate things, which is good and the purpose of these practice games.”
Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant agreed with Arena's sentiments.
"We’re not going to win any championships in these first couple of weeks in the preseason,” Dunivant said. “As it continues, we need to keep getting better and keep getting our fitness back.”
It’s on schedule for us, Arena added. Other teams maybe have a greater sense of urgency to get things going right now. This is just a six-week break. We’re not putting everything we have into preseason games right now. In another week it will be better and in two weeks it will certainly be a lot better.
LA will have one final preseason match at the Home Depot Center on Feb. 16 before flying to Tucson for the Desert Diamond Cup. The Galaxy's first match with serious implications is on Mar. 7 against Toronto FC at the Rogers Centre.