"Sloppy" play dooms Galaxy against RSL

07 October 2:51 pm

"Sloppy" play dooms Galaxy against RSL

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- For the second straight week, the LA Galaxy took the lead inside of 20 minutes and for the second straight time, they were unable to come away with three points. 

After going up in the 17th minute on Robbie Keane's 15th goal of the year, two Fabian Espindola goal's in the span of three minutes, put LA down for good. The loss snapped LA's ten game unbeaten run in all competitions and allowed RSL to create a five point cushion on the Galaxy for the second spot in the Western Conference. 

Whether, it was LA's inability to mark Espindola on his second goal of the game or poor finishing, head coach Bruce Arena had one word for LA's performance, "sloppy."

This is the second week in a row that one of the Galaxy players described LA's performance as sloppy as David Beckham referred to LA's showing after taking a lead in last week's 1-1 draw in Colorado.

Below are thoughts from defender Omar Gonzalez on how LA can improve in their next match in two weeks against the San Jose Earthquakes...

GONZALEZ: “I think we’ve just got to be tighter on them, we can’t let them get so many entry balls because they were just collecting balls coming into them and we were just being too easy on them and that just can’t happen. We’ve got to go from here and be a little bit more aggressive, make it harder for forwards to collect balls and then from there just be better on second balls.”

(On the performance with two new starters in the lineup...)

GONZALEZ: “I don’t really think it matters who you put in there, we’ve got to be better. That’s it, we’ve got to put a better effort out there. We started the game off great and then we just shut off for a couple plays and they punished us.”