Galaxy week in review: LA limps to the finish line

September 25, 2017

By Brian Kowalski

For the LA Galaxy, this MLS season has been one with new faces, injuries, coaching changes, and agonizing losses, all of which have brought about a year that the organization and its fans have not seen in a long time.

The team has been trying to come together under new head coach Sigi Schmid, but it has been a slow process and one that has not translated into wins.

The month of September has been particularly rough, with a 4-0 loss in LA against Toronto FC, followed by another 4-0 loss against Atlanta United on the road. This past weekend the Galaxy played visited Sporting KC where their play looked a little better, but still resulted in a 2-1 loss. It was the Galaxy’s seventh loss in the past nine games, as they currently sit in the 10th spot of the Western Conference.

On Wednesday, LA will match up against the Houston Dynamo on the road before heading home to take on Real Salt Lake this weekend. The Galaxy have played Houston once this year, producing a 2-2 draw in LA. The MLS season only has 4 games left for the Galaxy, unless by some miracle scenario LA makes the playoffs by winning out and having the various other contending teams lose.

Realistically, however, LA will not come close to making the playoffs and the Galaxy front office and coaches must evaluate the current roster to determine a strategy going into next season.

In fact, while calling the game on Sunday, Landon Donovan said that he doesn’t think that the organization has “a real plan for what they want to do or who they want to be. When you build a team, you build down the middle. Any coach, general manager, sporting director will tell you that. You need to have solid pieces.”

For the LA Galaxy, that probably needs to start at the goalkeeper position.

LA’s game against the Dynamo this week will be another opportunity for the organization to determine which players can be contributors next season and what identity the team wants to establish.  Wednesday’s game will air at 5:30pm on Spectrum SportsNet.

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