Galaxy can’t overcome first-half mistakes in defeat to Sporting Kansas City – Orange County Register

CARSON  For a brief moment in the second half, the Galaxy had hope of another batch of late-game heroics.

Dave Romney’s 77th minute goal cut Sporting Kansas City’s lead in half, leaving the Galaxy with a chance to steal a point.

Unfortunately, there would be no such delight this time around as the Galaxy fell 2-1 in front of 20,140 at StubHub Center.

“Too defensive to start,” Romney said of the first half. “A little unlucky with the goals …too tentative in the first half. It could have been tired legs from the altitude in Colorado (last Wednesday) all of the travelling, we really don’t have a lot of healthy bodies, so it is kind of been wearing down on guys especially with a team that’s going to keep the ball that much and wear you down, that’s kind of where they got us.”

The loss snaps an eight-game unbeaten streak for the Galaxy that saw them post a 4-0-4 record.

The Galaxy remains on 22 points in the Western Conference with a 6-6-4 record, but drops to sixth place.

“We dug a really big hole for ourselves, but my God, the credit to the team for the second half,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said. “The effort, the quality, the amount of possession, the amount of chances we created. I thought we came very, very close.”

The Galaxy trailed 2-0 entering the second half, but looked like a different club. The Galaxy played with a better tempo and started putting passes together as they built up their attack.

It all paid off on the corner kick as Jose Villarreal’s header hit the crossbar and Romney was there to follow up to get the Galaxy on the board.

They continued to press looking for the equalizer, but couldn’t find it.

The Galaxy troubles began the first half as they struggled in the possession battle and eventually allowed a pair of goals to fall behind 2-0 at halftime.

“We were kind of second to everything,” Onalfo said. “We were a little bit off and having said the goals (allowed) were soft. You can’t give away goals to a…

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