KANSAS CITY, Kan. – LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano provides the Three Things We Learned from the Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City presented by SNHU.
GYASI THE RIGHT BACK?
Gyasi Zardes, right back? Sigi Schmid experimented with his lineup by placing the Galaxy homegrown along the right side of the defense to mixed results on Sunday.
In Zardes’ first career match at outside back, it was clear that the attacker was still dealing with the complexities of the position, but he seemed to acquit himself well on the whole. On the offensive end, Zardes showed flashes of promise at the position including a dangerous run that set up a chance on frame by Giovani dos Santos early on in the contest. Defensively, however, Zardes found himself a frequently targeted by Sporting and nearly handed the home side their third of the evening when he was stripped of the ball in the penalty area midway through the second half.
Whether Zardes remains in the position for the final four games of the season is still a mystery. However, the rampant injuries that have decimated the Galaxy back line could make the move a necessity for Sigi Schmid.
ROMAIN ALESSANDRINI’S STELLAR 2017 CONTINUES
Romain Alessandrini has been worth every penny for the LA Galaxy this season.
Alessandrini notched his 10th goal of the campaign during a very active showing in the Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The 28-year-old Frenchman’s tally was his second free kick finish of the campaign as he beat Tim Melia with a remarkable set piece. Aside from his finish, the Frenchman was the Galaxy’s most dangerous player throughout the match.
The Galaxy have been hurting for offense during the last two months and could use even more from their talented Frenchman down the stretch.
SIGNS OF PROMISE IN THE SECOND HALF
The LA Galaxy have become a second-half team in their last two matches, and it’s giving Sigi Schmid something to smile about.
Unlike previous matches, the Galaxy battled in the second half as they sought to erase Sporting’s two-goal advantage. Eager to not be humiliated as they had against Toronto and Atlanta, the Galaxy found a goal from Romain Alessandrini’s free-kick finish and nearly found an equalizer as they kept Sporting off the board in the second half.
With just four games remaining in the season, the Galaxy’s last two second-half performances are an indicator of improvement under Schmid.