CCL: After 2-1 Defeat to Morelia, What's Next for Los Angeles Galaxy?

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2011

Josh Saunders
Josh Saunders

Well, Mr. Robbie Keane, I hope you have been given an education on how things are done in regional play here at the CONCACAF Champions League. Out of all the people in the class, you passed the first test.

As for the rest of you on Bruce Arena's side that proceeded to fail this first exam with flying colors...now what?

After an embarrassing defeat away to Monarcas Morelia that sees the Los Angeles Galaxy relinquish their lead in Group A of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League, what is next for the league leaders in MLS?

There is the Saturday match to attend to against the Vancouver Whitecaps (kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports West).

But even though that match has the Galaxy as favorites, that may not be so certain with Los Angeles being prone to surrendering leads left and right.

In addition, the Galaxy, who wasted a 52nd minute goal by Keane, have a match on Wednesday, Sept. 21 against L.D. Alajuelense on the road at Alajuela, Costa Rica.

A victory there is crucial and giving up goals late to players of Adrian Aldrete's and Miguel Sabah's caliber is simply unacceptable.

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Actually, allowing opponents to attack and attack and attack is simply unacceptable. Monarcas, for the most part, were on the offensive all night and it seems like Saunders was unable to get a break for once.

This is why he is the backup, and not one of the starters.

And as for Los Angeles, you're 80 minutes into the contest. Finish the game right. Play a full 90 minutes, not just 80.

10 minutes is an eternity for the likes of Monarcas, and being the hare in any match is absolutely laughable.

Actually, I should give credit to Keane for at least understanding the consequences, but staying onsides is going to help you in more ways that one.

Also helpful would be avoiding giving up three straight set pieces. You just has a gut feeling that one of them was going in, and the third time was going to be the charm for the home side.

The Sabah goal summed up what was a disastrous night for the Galaxy.

And now the match against La Liga becomes that much more important. Failure to secure all three points in Costa Rica is the recipe for an early exit from the region's most lucrative competition.

Better hit those books and cram your brains out while you still can, Los Angeles. The next exam is next week.

Kickoff between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Liga Deportiva Alajuelense is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.