CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy players have vowed to put on a better show for Saturday’s game against Toronto FC at The Home Depot Center (7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket).
It certainly can’t be much worse than last Friday’s 0-0 draw with D.C. United. To say it was one of the most disappointing performances of the season would be only scratching the surface of a lackluster affair, one the Galaxy felt fortunate to come out of with a point.
Defender Sean Franklin watched a replay of it that night and said it looked even worse on television.
“Being a Galaxy fan, hopefully they stuck through it and watched it,” he said with a grin. “It was pretty awful to watch. Being on the field is a little different, but watching on TV and seeing what the fans got to see, we can’t come out like that in front of our home fans.
“I can understand our frustration but also the fans’ frustration.”
Galaxy striker Chad Barrett said he usually watches replays but he was going to avoid another viewing of the scoreless tie because he doesn’t think he would get much out of it.
“When you don’t come with energy, it’s not a realistic viewing of how you play,” he said. “It wasn’t one or two of us; it was the whole team.”
Head coach Bruce Arena said he thought the team looked tired, and he may have had a point after a month in which the club played seven matches. The Galaxy played three games in two separate eight-day periods (May 7 at home against New York, May 11 at Philadelphia and back at home against Sporting Kansas City on May 14 and again May 21 vs. Chivas USA, May 25 against Houston and May 28 at New England).
Add to that a long flight home from Boston and it’s no wonder the Galaxy looked flat against D.C. United.
“I think the accumulation of the number of games we played in May took its toll on us,” Arena said. “You can never figure stuff out. You could argue maybe we gave them too much time off” – the Galaxy had three days off from training early last week – “but I think they needed it. They’re much fresher already this week than they were last week.
“I just think it was a tired team. I think the last game in New England on the turf and travel, I just think it took its toll. For whatever reason, we looked like a team with not the kind of energy level we needed to bring to the field that day. It is what it is.
“Maybe we would have been better off playing some other guys. You just don’t know. It’s past us now, I think we’ll certainly be better this weekend.”
Barrett said he’s already noticed a different atmosphere in training this week.
“This week everybody has been hard on each other, everybody has been going 100 percent,” he said. “Now there are no more excuses. This weekend against Toronto we’re going to get after them.”