ATLANTA – LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano provides the Three Things We Learned from the Galaxy’s 4-0 defeat to Atlanta United FC.
GALAXY AGAIN FAIL TO REBOUND AFTER CONCEDING FIRST
The Galaxy have struggled all season when conceding first and Wednesday’s defeat was no different.
Any momentum that Los Angeles gained with a strong start in the first 10 minutes quickly eroded when Josef Martinez found the back of the net in the 13th minute. From there, the rout was on as Atlanta piled on three more in the next 30 minutes. Los Angeles have now conceded eight goals in their last two games.
Los Angeles falls to 2-15-2 when conceding first in 2017. Throughout the campaign, the Galaxy have hung their heads after falling behind. If Los Angeles is to earn their way back to the postseason next season, the team must learn to show greater fortitude in tough moments.
GALAXY ATTACK STUCK IN NEUTRAL
For a second consecutive game, the LA Galaxy offense was shut down.
Los Angeles provided a sliver of hope in the early going with Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes registering near chances. Dos Santos came closest as he forced Brad Guzan into a superb fingertip save that nearly gave the Galaxy the lead. However, after the Galaxy conceded three times in seven minutes, their attack fizzled out as Atlanta took over for good.
The Galaxy’s troubles are nothing new as Los Angeles has registered just a single shot on frame in the last two games and are goalless since their tally in the early stages of their draw with Seattle Sounders FC.
IS IT TIME TO GIVE THE KIDS MORE MINUTES?
The LA Galaxy’s season is nearing its end, and it may be for Sigi Schmid to look at giving more minutes to some of the team’s younger players.
With just five games left, Schmid could offer greater opportunities to some of the team’s younger players like Ariel Lassiter and Bradford Jamieson IV who each played a part in the Atlanta loss. In addition to the two young attackers, midfielders Jaime and Jose Villarreal, as well as forward Jack McBean, are also candidates to see more minutes in the remaining fixtures.
Such chances are not guaranteed, however, as the team’s younger charges must prove in training that they can earn a place in Schmid’s lineup.