If the Galaxy are going to make a playoff run this season, they will should win at residence.
“The one approach you finally get that confidence is to exit and get a win,” coach Sigi Schmid stated. “It’s only a matter of reestablishing that fortress at house.”
They higher get began on that quickly, as a result of their former fortress proved to be a jail as soon as once more Saturday, when second-half objectives from Jonathan Lewis and David Villa lifted New York Metropolis FC to a 2-zero victory earlier than an introduced crowd of 25,667.
That prolonged the Galaxy’s winless streak to eight video games, leaving them 9 factors out of a playoff berth with eleven video games to play. And far of the blame for that lies with their dismal document at residence, the place they’ve gained simply as soon as in 12 tries.
But that quantity alone doesn’t start to elucidate the depth of their struggles on the StubHub Middle. The Galaxy have led at residence simply as soon as all season — for seventy five minutes of their lone win.
That got here in April.
And if the Galaxy don’t win at the very least one among their last 5 residence video games, they’ll break the MLS document for fewest house wins in a season set 15 years in the past by the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny.
The Mutiny gained simply two residence video games in 2001, after which they have been instantly expelled from the league.
The Galaxy (6-12-5) can take some comfort from their newest loss, although, since they performed higher within the first 50 minutes then they’ve over any comparable stretch all season.
“We deserved to return out of that recreation with extra,” Schmid stated. “I assumed we dominated the sport. The staff performed rather well.
“We didn’t need to lose 2-zero.”
They threatened repeatedly in a scoreless first half, their most harmful probability coming within the fortieth minute when New York keeper Sean Johnson deflected defender Pele van Anholt’s 20-yard blast over the crossbar with a leaping one-handed save, certainly one of 5 he had on the night time.
That they had one other nice probability within the opening seconds of the second half when midfielder Ema Boateng — who performed an impressed recreation — weaved by means of 5 defenders earlier than placing a left-footed attempt on aim that Johnson turned away with a sliding cease. The Galaxy additionally obtained a stout effort from midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, who went the space in his first MLS begin.
Brother Giovani didn’t play, nevertheless, after tweaking a hamstring in coaching final week. And the Galaxy missed him with ahead Gyasi Zardes, invisible for a lot of the night time, managing only one late shot on objective.
“We’d like extra from him,” Schmid. “It wasn’t sufficient.”
Requested what was missing from the workforce’s efforts to complete their possibilities, Schmid was much more blunt.
“A middle ahead,” he stated. “Anyone who’s very snug ending objectives. Gyasi’s in a rut proper now.”
The swarming Galaxy did a greater job defending, harassing New York everywhere in the area and stopping the league’s second-most-potent assault from establishing any rhythm.
However Lewis broke the spell within the 54th minute, dribbling deep within the Galaxy finish, avoiding a poor problem from Jermaine Jones, then pulling as much as take an extended proper-footed shot that beat keeper Brian Rowe, struck the underside of the crossbar and dropped over the objective line.
“It’s a horrible aim to take,” Schmid stated. “These are the sort of objectives that deflate a group. Now you’re taking the air of the balloon and it turns into more durable.”
Ashley Cole almost acquired that one again for the Galaxy within the 69th minute however his proper-footed volley off a Johnson clearance glanced off the crossbar and over the objective.
If two photographs might stand as a microcosm of the season, those by Lewis and Cole are instructive, with Lewis’ hitting the bar and moving into and Cole’s bouncing away.
“Most issues are going towards us,” Cole stated. “However at some point it’s obtained to vary. It could’t hold going or … keep it up the entire season.”
Villa, the league’s main scorer, then doubled the benefit 4 minutes later, beating Rowe with a bending proper-footed shot from about 20 yards.
“I wanted to do higher,” stated Rowe, who made only one save.
“I don’t assume they earned these objectives. These are ones I feel I gave to them.”
The Galaxy now get a ten-day break earlier than resuming their season towards the Columbus Crew on the street. And that provides the workforce a variety of time to assume — and to do the maths on its fading playoff hopes.
“It’s robust going into an off week and you must sort of this style in your mouth,” Rowe stated.
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