Three things we learned from the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes presented by SNHU

CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano provides his Three Things We Learned from the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes presented by SNHU.

THE OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES CONTINUE

The LA Galaxy offense was once again blanked as Los Angeles fell to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 in the final California Clásico of the season.

The Galaxy saw their scoreless streak extended to 355 minutes in the home loss. The Galaxy haven’t found the back of the net since Ema Boateng’s goal against the Portland Timbers on August 6. The Galaxy’s attack looked dangerous at times as Boateng, Daniel Steres, and Jonathan dos Santos each had good efforts to put the home side on the board.

Los Angeles will hope their scoring drought comes to an end next Saturday against the Colorado Rapids, but they’ll be forced to do so without Giovani dos Santos or his brother Jonathan who will join Mexico for   

PELE VAN ANHOLT SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY

Pele Van Anholt will likely be on the shelf for some time after suffering a significant knee injury in the first half of the Galaxy’s match with San Jose.

Just inside the half hour mark, Van Anholt appeared to knock knees with San Jose midfielder Marco Ureña and immediately signaled for a substitution holding his right knee. The Dutchman was ultimately carted off the field by the Galaxy’s medical staff with an apparent ACL injury.

Nathan Smith stepped in for the Dutchman, but the Galaxy’s struggles at full back worsened when he was sent off in the 57th minute for a challenge on Andres Imperiale. After the injury to Van Anholt and the suspension to Smith, head coach Sigi Schmid will need to search for another long-term answer at right back for the remaining nine games of the season.

PLAYOFF CHASE OVER?

The LA Galaxy’s defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes likely ended the Galaxy’s slim hopes of reaching the playoffs for the ninth straight season.

Sigi Schmid’s squad saw their winless run extended to 10 games with their 2-0 defeat to the archrival Earthquakes. The Galaxy are now a disappointing 0-9-1 in their last 10 games and 1-8-4 at StubHub Center this season.

Los Angeles remains mathematically in contention for a postseason berth, but they’ll need an incredible final nine games and plenty of help from across the Western Conference to achieve that goal.

Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at LAGalaxy.com/Insider and contact him at LAGalaxyInsider@Gmail.com.