SEATTLE – Playing on the right flank, Sean Franklin expected to play a major role during the Galaxy's match against the Seattle Sounders, but ultimately, it was not the impact that Franklin wanted.
As the Galaxy fell 4-0 to the Sounders on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the normally steady Franklin struggled against the Seattle outside backs who were able to limit his chances and prevent the midfielder from aiding in the attack. Throughout the match, Franklin had difficulty connecting in the final third as he was dispossessed a total of 13 times, ultimately leading to his substitution in the 57th minute.
Although it was a difficult match for Franklin, his performance could see him shifted back to his familiar right back spot with A.J. DeLaGarza potentially teaming up with Omar Gonzalez in the back four.
Franklin’s thoughts on his showing are below…
(On the result…)
FRANKLIN: “As a team, we just didn’t play well tonight. We were bad defensively and offensively. Even though we had the ball, we didn’t create too many scoring chances, we only had a few shots and Bruce was saying that our first shot didn’t come till after the 80th minute and that’s unacceptable for the kind of team that we have. But we have to put this game behind us and worry about Chivas, that’s a must win game on Sunday.”
(On LA's struggles on the flanks…)
FRANKLIN: “They did a good job defensively, I had a couple of passes that weren’t good on the day and I have to be better to help my team out offensively. It’s just a rough day for our team and as I said, we got to put this one behind us and get it better for next weekend.”
(On his assessment of his own performance…)
FRANKLIN: “It’s still pretty new to me, there are a lot of things that I need to get better at in that position. That’s something that I try to do and I want to work on it to get better as a midfielder. I know that my primary position is right back and even though I’m comfortable at the right back position, I also want to be better at right midfield. It’s something that I’ve got to adjust to and get better if I’m going to be playing more right midfield then right back this year.”