LA Galaxy defense destroyed by Dallas

It was over after 23 minutes.

What should have been a second-place fight turned into a Texas rodeo when the Los Angeles Galaxy were crushed 3-1 by FC Dallas on Saturday night.

LA Galaxy defense destroyed by Dallas

Both clubs went into the game two of the stingiest defenses in the leaguebut Dallas dispelled any notions that Galaxy’s backline was elite by hitting them for three goals in 23 minutes, effectively ending the game.

Los Angeles head coach Greg Vanney admitted as much in a post-game press conference.

“We conceded three goals in 12 minutes. Many of these are our own mistakes. And again just us, for me, not having the speed we needed to face a team that’s deadly in transition and had three dynamic, fast players up front. We didn’t do well,” Vanney explained. “Then we spend 70 minutes, about 70 minutes, watching the game. We swim upstream just trying to get in one at a time.”

If the The loss against RSL was disappointingsometimes it was just hard to see.

Time and time again, FCD hit the galaxy with lightning-fast counterattacks, absorbing the pressure, waiting for LA to make a mistake and relying on their pace to move forward.

In a four or five pass span, Dallas would come at Galaxy goalie Jonathan Bond.

And that’s exactly what happened with Dallas’ first goal.

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A sequence of four passes resulted in Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira scoring the easiest tap-in from a square ball over the goal area for his eighth goal of the season.

As if Dallas’ attack wasn’t enough, the Galaxy also had to fight refereeing.

A controversial goal ‘scored’ by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in the 17th minute that could have changed the game has not been awarded or reviewed despite angry protests from Galaxy players.

Perhaps LA was still focused on their unsuccessful goal as less than ten minutes later a Galaxy turnover resulted in yet another penalty.

A giveaway from Rayan Raveloson in the middle of the park had Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal find Paul Arriola on the left side of the box for a low shot to drill into the bottom far corner of Bond’s net.

Three minutes, a turnover, and two passes later, Bond would pull another out of his goal.

Left-back Marco Farfan won the ball from Julian Araujo and delivered a long ball to Ferreira, who touched Bond outside the 18-yard box and casually rolled his shot into Galaxy’s goal to make his ninth of the season 3-0 and go 3-0 Leader of the Golden Boot.

Too little too late

The Galaxy would get one back from a Douglas Costa free-kick but it never really looked like they could close the three-goal deficit. Vanney would try to change the game by bringing in Dejan Joveljić at half time but the game was over by that point.

However, Galaxy centre-back Derrick Williams didn’t think the three-goal blitz was truly representative of the Galaxy defence.

“It just tells me we only had a sloppy 12 minutes and we can’t do that against better teams. We didn’t start the game the way we wanted, we made a mistake and they punished us straight away. A better team will do it,” admitted a noticeably confused Williams. He also expressed hope that it was “just a bad night at the office.”

Next Minnesota

Whatever it was, a true representation of the galaxy or a one-off, they’ll have little time to linger as they head to Minnesota midweek for the first of four games spread over 12 days. A turnaround and a span that includes an Open Cup El Tráfico to boot.

Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan pointed out that this could be more helpful than detrimental as it gives the team a chance to quickly erase the loss from their memories.

“Personally, I feel like every time I lose a game, if there’s a game three days later, I’m happy because it’s a chance to make things right,” Kljestan said. “Go back to Minnesota and deal with it right away, and then try to put things right and make amends here. So yeah, I’m happy, we’re playing again.”

Kljestan could feel different if they go to Minnesota on Wednesday and get the same result as they did against Dallas.

Who knows what Galaxy fans can expect from the most important phase of the Galaxy season so far.

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