The L.A. Galaxy – You Win Some, You Draw Some

 The L.A. Galaxy – You Win Some, You Draw Some

No Donovan.  No Buddle.  No Beckham.  No problem.

The L.A. Galaxy continued their astounding early season form this evening with a 4-1 bulldozing of the Houston Dynamo this evening at the Home Depot Center.  The Galaxy continued their absolutely torrid pace and are still undefeated with 10 wins and 2 draws for 2010.  In the past three weeks, they have lost MLS’s leading scorer (Edson Buddle) and leader in assists (Landon Donovan) to National Team duty and have not slowed up by any measurable amount.

In Houston’s favor, they did manage to do something that no other team had done in a little more than a month – they scored a goal against the Galaxy.  That being said, it was clear that the goal scorer – Cam Weaver – knew little about it.  Weaver was rushing towards the goal with the ball in front of him, but Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts got their first and cleared the ball solidly into Weaver’s thigh where it rebounded and gently rolled into the goal.  Weaver caught Ricketts’ boot straight in the chest and was probably not aware that he had scored for some time.

That goal was only the third the Galaxy has surrendered all season.  Although Ricketts and the rest of the back line have been like a wall in front of the net, the Galaxy are proving the soccer adage that you cannot shoot what you do not possess.  Although the possession stats are not posted on the MLS website, I have to believe that the Galaxy have possessed the ball for 70% of their combined games.  The Galaxy midfield pressures, challenges, tackles, and passes with a fluidity rarely seen in this league.

That type of movement was on full display for the Galaxy’s second Jovan Kirovski goal.  Before Kirovski took his shot at goal, there was a 13 pass build-up.  The ball moved from the right to the left side of the pitch and went forward and backwards several times before Sean Franklin got free going down his right on the overlap, completely cut open the Dynamo’s defense and found Kirovski unmarked at the penalty spot.  From the time the Galaxy got possession during that long, complex sequence the only Dynamo to touch the ball was Pat Onstad when he picked it out of the back of his net.  It was as if Barcelona had relocated to Carson.

Some other notable facts about the Galaxy so far:

  • Last season the Galaxy won the Western Conference with 12 wins.  We have just said hello to June and the Galaxy already have 10 wins in the bank.
  • The absent Landon Donovan leads the league with 9 assists.  In third place with 6 assists is Galaxy Rookie of the Year contender Michael Stephens.
  • Stephens main competitor for Rookie of the Year?  It could be Galaxy’s Tristan Bowen who has scored in the last two Galaxy games (three if you count the friendly against Boca Juniors).
  • Buddle may be the Galaxy name on everyone’s lips, but 11 different players have scored for the Galaxy so far this year, and 11 different players have collected assists.
  • Of the Galaxy’s league-leading 22 goals, none of them have come from the penalty spot.
  • The Galaxy have had 22 different starters this season.

Of course, this run the Galaxy are on cannot continue forever.  Two of the toughest road-games left on their schedule – trips to Salt Lake and Toronto – are coming next week and then after the bye week.  Those are challenging games, and Real Salt Lake is one of the few teams that seem intent on trying to match the Galaxy’s work rate.  That being said, it has been a long time since MLS has had a dominant team, and the Galaxy seem driven to become that intimidating force.

0 Responses to The L.A. Galaxy – You Win Some, You Draw Some

  1. jose says:

    so far so good.

  2. Geoff says:

    I don’t know. I kind of disagree with your last paragraph. While a Galaxy game will probably end in defeat sometime, I don’t necessarily see RSL or Toronto as the teams to do it.

    The Galaxy have already played both teams and won against RSL and tied against Toronto so confidence will be high. We’ve also gone long enough, at this point, without Donovan and Buddle to know that the wins that have been occurring after they’ve left are not flukes. This is a strong team overall.

    While anything can happen I don’t fall into your line of reasoning that either RSL or Toronto will be the ones that do it.

  3. eplnfl says:

    Every time I dream of my Fire winning the title I wake up and see what the Galaxy are doing. An outstanding job of coaching by Bruce Arena. Will we see him as the big winner on the LA team this year. Can a big overseas job be in the future?

  4. Dan says:

    Its to bad on how classless the fans were towards Brian Ching. That was just Disgraceful. I do not hold this against the Galaxy and i know not all the Galaxy fans were apart of this but the ones who did should be ashamed of themselves. There is a line between Poking Fun and Being truley Disrespectul and the Galaxy fans who were chanting USA Reject crossed that line big time.

  5. Every time I dream of my Fire winning the title I wake up and see what the Galaxy are doing. An outstanding job of coaching by Bruce Arena. Will we see him as the big winner on the LA team this year. Can a big overseas job be in the future?

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