While there has been an upbeat mood surrounding the Galaxy
this week as they returned to training following five days off, but that does
not mean that the players have forgotten what happened their last time out on
the field in Salt Lake City.
Standing just 10 minutes away from an unbeaten record at the
World Cup break, a club record 16-game unbeaten streak and a new MLS record for
the longest unbeaten streak to start a season the Galaxy surrendered their
first goal away from home this season as Javier Morales received the ball in an
offside position before turning and slotting a right footed shot past Donovan
Ricketts. Ricketts and the Galaxy defenders snapped their heads around,
expecting to see the linesman’s flag in the air, but nothing was there and RSL
had the lead. Ten minutes later Edvin Jurisevic blew the final whistle and just
like that, the Galaxy’s chance at history was gone.
As a result, a justifiable level of disappointment runs
through the squad.
“It’s very disappointing,” defender Gregg Berhalter said.
“You want to think you can go the whole year without losing. Of course, that's
a dream and a lot of hard work and a lot of balls have to bounce your way. But
you still want to believe that, and it's still disappointing to have it end
Chris Klein echoed Berhalter’s sentiments.
“It was disappointing. If we get out of there with a point,
I think we'll take it and go away. But there are times where we're not going to
get every call. We're not going to get every bounce our way, but we have to
learn from that and get better from it.”
And that is exactly what the task at hand now is. To learn
from the result against RSL, to move on from that disappointment, get better
and try to get a result next weekend in Toronto.
But if history is any indication, the Galaxy should be able to do just that on
June 26. In Bruce Arena’s tenure with the club, a total of 53 regular season
games dating back to August 2008, the Galaxy have lost consecutive games just
twice – once near the end of the 2008 campaign and then once more in 2009,
dropping two straight in mid-June before running off six straight without a
loss, a run that saw the club earn a 5-0-1 record.
“They work at it every game. I give a lot of credit to those
guys,” Arena said of his squad. “If we lost a couple in a row, I know our guys
would still be in position to bounce back and be successful. I don't tend to
worry about it. We have goals; to make the playoffs, to qualify for the group
stage of the Champions League, and all of that is still ahead of us.”