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First XI: The top XI stories from LA’s 3-2 loss to RSL

CARSON, Calif. – The First XI stories from the LA Galaxy’s 3-2 defeat to Real Salt Lake.

1. Los Angeles Times reporter Kevin Baxter says that the LA’s defeat could affect their playoff positioning.

2. Writing for the Los Angeles Daily News, Scott French wrote the following recap that focused on Donovan’s injury.

3. On the other side of the locker room, Michael Lewis discusses a win that RSL outside back Tony Beltran described as a “big statement.”

4.  Meanwhile, Deseret News correspondent Joseph D'Hippolito discusses Fabian Espindola’s brace and the impact on RSL’s playoff hopes.

5.  I penned the following sidebar on a game that many in the Galaxy locker room described as “sloppy.”

6. Meanwhile, providing an RSL perspective, correspondent Michael Black writes about the play of the mercurial Espindola.

7.  For Spanish speakers, ESPN Deportes LA writer Gonzalo Aguirregomezcorta writes about LA’s difficult showing against RSL.

8. Speaking to, goalkeeper Josh Saunders breaks down LA’s showing.

9. On the LA Galaxy Insider blog, Robbie Keane reveals that his wonder goal meant little due to LA’s loss.

10. Also on the Insider blog, Arena offers praise of Juninho’s performance in LA’s defeat.

11. Lastly, the Three Points from Saturday’s match.

Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at and contact him at