The defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy are on the ropes during the 2012 MLS season. Unlike last year's team, our side can't find the back of the net often enough in 2012.
The Galaxy scored 48 goals last regular season, or 1.41 per game. Combine that with a lockdown defense that only allowed 28 goals and recorded 17 shutouts, and you had a clear-cut MLS Supporters' Shield winner. In 2012, our side has failed to shutout any team and has scored just 11 goals (1.1 per game) in 10 MLS matches. As a result, the Galaxy have already lost five matches, which is as many as they lost all last season.
While the defense has been rounding into shape after coping with the loss of Omar Gonzalez before the start of the 2012 campaign, the offense is stagnant. Our side has produced just one goal in their last 321 minutes of action. Edson Buddle, who had scored 17 goals (0.73/90 minutes) for our side and led the team in 2010, was brought back this season. He scored in the season opener against Real Salt Lake and has no goals since (0.17 goals/90 minutes). Robbie Keane is leading the team with three goals (0.38/90 minutes) but hasn't scored since March 31 and blew it when given a penalty kick attempt by captain Landon Donovan. Donovan, who led the team with 12 goals in 2011, is the only other player with more than one goal (2, 0.25/90 minutes) this season.
The lack of offensive chemistry and the inability to finish chances has killed our side's scoring chance percentage. The Galaxy have scored on just 8.9% of their total shots this season. The 2012 season is the first year the Galaxy have scored on fewer than 10% of their shots since 2003, when they finished tied for last in MLS with 35 goals (on 368 shots, 9.5%). Overall, the Galaxy have never in the history of the franchise scored at such a low rate as they have this season.
There's still time to change the historically bad pace the Galaxy are on, but I'd like the goals to come sooner rather than later.
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