Heat issues and illness force Dan Gargan from the first half of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Chicago

02 June 3:01 pm

Heat issues and illness force Dan Gargan from the first half of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Chicago

By Adam Serrano

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - A combination of heat, a negative reaction to medicine and two soccer balls to the head proved too much for Dan Gargan on Sunday.

Gargan was forced to exit the match late in the first half after dealing with a sinus illness that was exacerbated by taking two clearances in the face during the early stages of the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.

Following the match, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that heat issues were the reason Gargan was substituted and afterward, the veteran defender elaborated.

“I wasn’t feeling great, I’ve been dealing with some sinus issues and congestion then Leonardo cleared the balls in my head, I couldn’t get my equilibrium right. I’ve cooled down now, but I just don’t feel 100 percent at the moment. I just wasn’t feel like myself.”  

But Gargan does not expect the issue to arise again for the Galaxy’s next match on Sunday against Chivas USA.

“I would think so,” he said.