CHESTER, Pa. – LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano provides his “Three Things We Learned” from the Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
THE GALAXY OFFENSE IS STILL HUMMING ALONG
The LA Galaxy offense showed why they are the most dangerous unit in Major League Soccer with a pair of sensational finishes in their 2-2 draw with the Union in Philadelphia.
Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos didn’t get on the score sheet, but the Galaxy’s DP trio played a vital role in the draw with well-timed passes on each of the Galaxy’s goals. For the opener, seemingly the entire squad had a hand in the goal as the team built out of the back and found Keane who played a brilliant pass to Dos Santos, who beautifully dished it to Robbie Rogers for the opener.
Los Angeles added scored another peach of a goal with Mike Magee’s fourth of the season after Zardes sent a through ball in to Dos Santos, who passed it to Gerrard, who then played the killer final pass.
DEFENSE MUST TIGHTEN UP
Ashley Cole summed up the LA Galaxy’s current defensive situation in blunt terms after Wednesday’s draw: If the Galaxy want to win the league, they must begin to shut teams down.
The LA Galaxy made three changes in the back from their victory over the New England Revolution and the team seemed to struggle defensively, conceding twice to the Union in Wednesday’s draw. For a second consecutive week, the goals appeared to be preventable as Philadelphia exploited a pair of defensive miscues on the Galaxy’s part. Although Los Angeles has only conceded 12 goals this season, the Galaxy have not earned a clean sheet since April 2.
With 11 days between the draw in Philadelphia and their return to action, Bruce Arena’s men will be eager to shore up the backline and once again rack up the shutouts.
DAN KENNEDY CONCEDES TWICE IN RETURN TO ACTION
Dan Kennedy endured a mixed night in his first action since the Galaxy’s home opener during the Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with the Union.
Given the nod over Brian Rowe, Kennedy, and the Galaxy conceded early when a defensive breakdown lead to a goal in just the fourth minute. Kennedy was solid until the 63rd minute when the goalkeeper made an initial stop on Union set-piece only to see the ball spill from his arms and allow Keegan Rosenberry to score from close range.
With almost two weeks until the Galaxy’s next match, Bruce Arena will have all the time he needs to decide if Kennedy will remain in the starting lineup by the time Los Angeles host San Jose on May 22..