The Los Angeles Galaxy didn't start the season very strong. In fact, for a while, they were in last place in the Western Conference. However, midway in the season, things have started to change. Now, the Galaxy have won five out of their last seven games. Should other MLS teams be worried?
In the first ten games this season, the Galaxy scored 12 goals. Since then, they have picked up the pace considerably. In the second ten games, L.A. have made 21 goals. In particular, our three designated players have excelled. David Beckham has picked up three goals and an assist in four games. In the last six games, Landon Donovan has made five goals and provided four assists. Robbie Keane has had two braces in the last two games. These three stars made all of the goals in the 5-3 romp over the Portland Timbers on July 14.
Despite having 33 goals this season, the Galaxy also have 32 goals against. This is the third highest amount in the league. Another problem is our inability to defend set pieces. In fact, nine of the last 17 goals surrendered have come after set pieces or penalty kicks. Still, the Galaxy's goal differential is one which is the fourth best in the West. Although the defense is still a little leaky, we have posted two shutouts in the last five games. In addition, the return of Omar Gonzalez should bolster our defensive line. Gonzalez played for 45 minutes against the Philadelphia Union. However, he has been listed as questionable on the MLS injury report. Now, the centerback says he feels "like normal," and could possibly play in the July 18th game against Vancouver or the July 21st game against Chivas USA.
The Galaxy are in fifth place in the West. However, they are only four points away from the Vancouver Whitecaps who are in fourth place. Furthermore, they are five points shy of the Seattle Sounders who are in third place. Considering both the Sounders and the Whitecaps only have one victory in the last five games, I imagine the Galaxy will quickly by-pass these two teams in the standings.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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