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Galaxy throws another game away
by Paul Kennedy, July 5th, 2012 3:06AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Los Angeles Galaxy's season of frustration continued as the defending MLS champion fell at home to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on Michael Farfan's goal set up brilliantly by Lionard Pajoy's backheel five minutes into stoppage time. The loss dropped the Galaxy's record to 6-10-2. After winning three straight games to get back in the playoff hunt, the Galaxy fell to the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-3, after leading 3-1 and lost to the Union, which won for just its fourth time in 15 games. "We gave a game away," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "That's a game we should've walked away comfortably with three points, in my opinion."

With the first half in stoppage time, Brazilian David Junior Lopes failed to shut down Farfan on the right wing, and the Californian's cross found young Union forward Jack McInerney, who put the Union ahead, 1-0, with a cheeky backheel.

Sean Franklin failed to stop Pajoy, whose backheel found Farfan free for the stunning winner.

"It was an extremely poor effort at the end of the game to get exposed and give up the point we worked so hard to earn," Arena said.

Chad Barrett had evened the score in the 73rd minute to tie the Union.

The Galaxy, which now heads on the road for three games, had plenty of chances, outshooting Philadelphia, 16-8. But Robbie Keane had two shots cleared off the line in the first half and A.J. DeLaGarza hit the crossbar in the second half.
 
Omar Gonzalez, the 2011 MLS Defender of the year, played the first 45 minutes in his 2012 debut after tearing a ligament in his left knee in January.



3 comments
  1. Joe Hosack
    commented on: July 5, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
    Brilliant moves by McInerney, Pajoy and M Farfan do not equate to the Galaxy "throwing - away" the game. The moves by the UNION back line to clear three squirmish shots on target while Zac was dealing with earlier attempts in each of the three chances is a much better story line to this game. Zac McMath isn't even mentioned in the story and was the star of the game.

  1. Anna marie Dwyer
    commented on: July 5, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
    I agree Joe but you know it's all about the Galaxy. I'm surprised they didn't say Beckham would have made the difference. Article should definetely have mentioned MacMath and how the team under new coach is working to improve standings. Beating the Galaxy was part of that process.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 5, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.
    Ms. Dwyer: I assume you did not watch the game and the running commentary by Rogandino and Coby Jones, who just about gushed tears while bemoaning the fact that Becjham was sitting out the game for yellow card accumulation, as time and again they both commented that Beck's presenbce would've made a difference. Well, I sure as heck disagreed with their running analysis that was sopping wet! The fact is that Keane wanted to waltz in and score, while Donovan was more of an expectator, and yet little blame is put on the coach, Arena, who simply cried on the touchline. I must point out that the game official seemed to be out of sorts as there were several very flagrant fouls against the LAG, while Jones simply called them a shoulder-shoulder charge, or the Philie defender "merely" tried on occasion mugged his opponent. But I am not wanting to take anything away from the visitors, they wanted the game more than the LAG, and it is inexcusable for a team to literally give the game away at the end of the first and second halves, and this leaves me questioning the coach's decision to sub Omar, who was in fact and deed holding his own. One glaring factoid about this season, is that the LAG forwards and MF's have not shot from at least the 18, instead want to waltz in and tap the ball in, just like Keane (who has been nothing short of a disappointment!). Oh and BTW, the announcing duo of Rogandino and Jones commented on Becks appearance in the AEG Suite, who was accompanied by supposedly Lampard who has now been linked to a rumor that he might just hop over the pond and join the teeter-tottering Galaxy.... Play on?


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