Due to injuries, the Galaxy were essentially playing their starters against a reserve side. It was a match the Galaxy had to win. Our side generated more than enough chances to win the match. Yet, the only shot on target by New York found the back of the net and took down L.A.
After the Galaxy generated several chances of their own in the first 15 minutes of the match, New York's Joel Lindpere would take advantage of a defensive breakdown to score the game-winner in the 19th minute. Jan Gunnar Solli found Lindpere unmarked as he raced into the penalty area. Lindpere calmly took an extra touch with Galaxy goalie Bill Gaudette charging off his line and then chipped past Gaudette into the side of the net.
The main problem for our side on the day was that they couldn't finish their chances. After the match, Galaxy manager Bruce Arena reiterated that this has been a consistent problem this season. "It's a bit of a broken record. Even giving up a goal we have enough chances to create a couple of goals in this game." The other persistent issue is that the Galaxy give up too many goals. In every match this year, every Galaxy opponent has found the back of the net at least once.
The defense has shown improvement but the offense has no spark right now. Arena said that the blame lies with the team itself. "At home we're more than capable of getting a goal or two. We have no one to blame but ourselves." Arena has tried to shake up the lineup but it hasn't seemed to change the way the team has played.
Midfielder David Beckham pointed out that the team's sterling record at the Home Depot Center last season was a source of pride. However, this season, opponents aren't being challenged. Beckham said, "Right now teams and individuals are coming here and enjoying it. The mentality has to change."
More from Patrick Johnston:
"Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA Galaxy vs New York Red Bulls", LAGalaxy.com
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