MLS: LA Galaxy's Frankie Hejduk Lays Egg in 2-2 Draw with Sporting Kansas City

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst ISeptember 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 05:  Midfielder David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy moves the ball up field against Sporting Kansas City during the first half on September 5, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Oh, Frankie Hejduk. What a waste, pal.

You ruined what could have been a vital three points for Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy by sticking your arm out and, in the process, allowing Omar Bravo to redeem for his inability to finish.

The Galaxy wasted a Sean Franklin brace with some decrepit defending en route to an embarrassing 2-2 draw before a capacity crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

You know, Frankie, I cannot wait for the day you finally retire from the Galaxy and from football, for all you're worth. You had to commit a penalty minutes from the end of the game. That cannot be tolerated when the MLS Cup Playoffs begin. Knowing how to position yourself when clearing a ball is fundamental.

Where did they go? Did your brain get replaced by a can of Vienna sausages, as San Jose Earthquakes' fans suggested, Frank Yallop's cerebrum had been replaced by, Frankie? We all want to know the true story.

Aside from the vitriol on a faded black hole in Los Angeles, the Galaxy should have lost this game 4-2.

Twice, Sporting Kansas City had chances to equalize before Hejduk's Handballgate (actually it's Armballgate if you want to be technical, but that's a different story).

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KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 05:  Goalkeeper Josh Saunders (R) of the Los Angeles Galaxy goes up for the save on a shot on goal against pressure from midfielder Chance Myers (L) of Sporting Kansas City during the first half on September 5, 2011 at LiveStro
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In the 82nd minute, substitute Davy Arnaud failed to take advantage of open space and saw his shot collected by Josh Saunders. Aurelien Collin was called for offsides in the 84th minute, eliciting jeers from the home faithful.

Patience is a virtue, Kansas City, and a city's patience was rewarded by one of the biggest brain explosions of Hejduk's long, storied career.

It's these types of explosions, which explain why Hejduk has been riding the pine and has been used sparingly. He lacks the skills he once had playing for the Columbus Crew (who the Galaxy will face later this month on the road).

Robbie Keane's return to Los Angeles cannot come any sooner. His presence was missed in the Galaxy's draw with Sporting, and with a similarly-calibered opponent in the Colorado Rapids coming in, the need to rebound is of the utmost importance.

Kickoff between the Galaxy and Rapids is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.