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May This Galaxy Rest In Pieces

Another day, another L.A. Galaxy obituary, but this one from Nick Green is well worth reading as he picks up a funereal metaphor and runs with it all the way to the crematorium.

"The Galaxy of Los Angeles died Saturday in the MLS trauma unit after a long, painful, and ultimately futile struggle for postseason survival for the third consecutive year," Green begins. "The Galaxy was on life-support for several years, but was unable to be resuscitated despite several expensive reconstructive surgeries that included a reputable, but ultimately ineffective English treatment dubbed Becks."

He also cites some interesting stats. Not only, as Coach Bruce Arena recently pointed out, does L.A. have the least points of any MLS team over the league's last five years. But in the four years since former GM Doug Hamilton fired Sigi Schmid as coach because he deemed the team too dull, the Galaxy's regular-season record of 41-55-27 is better only than Real Salt Lake's. In the four years prior, almost the entire Schmid era, the Galaxy's record was 53-38-25, second behind only D.C. United in a table of MLS clubs that competed in all those seasons.

Massive offseason changes are needed, especially if Landon Donovan leaves to try Europe again. "The Galaxy," concludes Green, "is ... a team in search of a second life. In lieu of flowers, the Galaxy holds a public viewing with the equivalent of an open coffin Sunday at the final superfluous game of the season. Come pay your respects and may this Galaxy Rest In Pieces."

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