I have come to this cruel conclusion, this necessary evil of a assessment: The teams in Major League Soccer that will lift trophies in the fall are those that can win games in the rain.
Another assessment: the match referee waving an arm up and down is, for all intents and purposes, a middle-fingered salute to bastions of fans supporting a team that supposedly scored a would-be goal.
Interpretations and concessions aside, Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy needs to learn how to win matches in adverse conditions if it wants to at least defend its Supporters' Shield. Sunday's 1-1 draw with Steve Nicol's New England Revolution saw Los Angeles squander three would-be goals.
Of course, it could be seen as Hilario Grajeda giving New England and Shalrie Joseph—who should have made the match a 2-1 decision to the Revs had it not been for a shot that hit the post in the second half—a free pass.
I have been looking at David Beckham's mechanics when he delivers his crosses and set pieces, and they have been off. Either he gets too much elevation in his shot or not enough elevation, allowing it to be deflected or snapped up in the waiting hands of Matt Reis, who played a stellar game in goal for New England.
All in all, Beckham had a terrible game tonight against the Revolution, and I will not miss him if he calls it a career after this year.
Landon Donovan and Juan Pablo Angel had their chances to bury home a game-winner, but the epitome of what has been a long night had to come in the 91st minute, when a would-be winner from Angel was called back due to offsides.
I was warned by a fellow user on either BigSoccer or Bleacher Report (don't know which site) that Angel was prone to being offsides on the chances he gets. The said user, whose name will remain anonymous, must be a Nostradamus of some sorts. Granted, he was returning from the flu and came in to replace Chad Barrett, but on any given day, he would finish that.
Also, I am wondering: Is Juninho the next Edson Buddle? I mean, he got his second goal of the season off a one-time shot that sailed past Reis. This team can't rely on Juninho scoring.
The Galaxy has to help itself when it comes to passing, to defending, to running the 4-4-2. It was a mess, and no matter how hard Los Angeles tried to adjust, it didn't seem to translate to any momentum shifting in its favor in the second half.
That said, there's a good chance Juninho will strike again when the Galaxy takes on Real Salt Lake. I could be wrong—maybe someone else will finally step up after all—but if the young Brazilian is on a roll with the chances he gets, well, guess we'll take it anyway.
The forecast in Sandy, Utah is calling for some more rain on the way. Good Lord, is it just me, or do the rain clouds follow the Galaxy wherever it goes? Stay tuned.
Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.