Coming off a disappointing loss in Mexico in their last CONCACAF Champions League game the Galaxy could have used points in their next group stage game. However, they came out with an extremely uninspired performance and lost to Alajuelense, 1-0.
Pablo Antonio Gabas scored a magnificent free kick goal in the 28th minute to give Alajuelense all they need to pull off the win in a raucous environment in Costa Rica. The Galaxy played sloppy and were unable to connect passes for large parts of the game. They could not connect passes through the midfield and their best form of attack was booting it forward and hoping that a forward could get on the end of it something that rarely happened.
The Galaxy had an opportunity to take the crowd out of the game in the fourth minute after Mike Magee fired a shot which the goalie saved. But the rebound fell to Landon Donovan but he tried to chip it over and around the goalie, but the ball went wide. The Galaxy never seriously threatened again. Meanwhile, defensively the Galaxy gave up fouls in dangerous positions and failed to cover on multiple corner kicks.
The Galaxy looked tired for most of the game. That may be expected given the busy schedule that the team has had throughout August and September. However, this puts them in a precarious position in the group. Alajuelense takes the lead in the group with nine points, the Galaxy sit on six points while Morelia and Motagua square off tomorrow with Morelia also on six points. The Galaxy now almost certainly need to win next week against Morelia at the HDC and in two weeks in Honduras against Motagua.
Sean Franklin missed the game due to knee inflammation, meaning Bryan Jordan got the start at right back. He looked extremely uncomfortable there tonight. He was often hesitant on the ball and was constantly out of position and could have easily received a second yellow for pushing an Alajuelense forward.
David Beckham received a yellow card for a tackle in the second half. The yellow card means he will miss the Galaxy’s crucial home match against Monarcas Morelia next Wednesday. Juninho returned to action after missing the last two games, one due to red card suspension.
Next: 4:30, Saturday September 24 @ Columbus
Next CONCACAF Champions League: 7:00, Wednesday, September 28 vs. Monarcas Morelia