Galaxy fighting against history as regular season winds down – Orange County Register

The Galaxy set a new team record Sunday, but you’re not going to see a new banner raised to honor it.

With Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, the Galaxy suffered their 17th loss this season, breaking the previous record of 16 set in 1997.

With four games remaining, including tonight’s visit to Houston (5:30 p.m.; SpectrumSportsNet), the Galaxy will attempt to avoid another new low.

The previous record for fewest points is 33, set in 2008. That was also the last time the Galaxy didn’t make the MLS Playoffs. The Galaxy also allowed the most goals in their history that season (62). This year, the total is currently at 58.

The Galaxy enter tonight with 27 points (7-17-6) and in 10th place in the Western Conference.

As was the case Sunday and for 20 of the previous 30 games, the Galaxy allowed the first goal.

“It is mentally draining when you are playing well and then you get scored on,” Galaxy defender David Romney said. “Strong teams stay focused and stay in attack mode. I think once that first goal goes in, the confidence goes down and you start forcing things, you get impatient or whatever it may be, but we have to do everything better, collectively.”

The Galaxy are currently on a three-game losing streak, having been outscored by a combined 10-1.

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid made a change in goal Sunday, starting Clement Diop instead of Jon Kempin.

“I mean, in the last two games, we’ve taken eight goals,” Schmid said Sunday of his decision. “For the goalkeepers, (Brian) Rowe’s had a chance to play. (Jon) Kempin’s had a chance to play and the one that hasn’t had a chance to start today was Diop.

“Where we are right now in the league, we had to look at the goalkeepers. It was unfortunate with Kempin because I know Kansas City’s his hometown so I feel for him, but we have to make decisions and prepare for next season.”

The start was the first for Diop since July 4.

“If I get a shot (to start), I have to take it,” Diop said. “It’s been a long time that I didn’t play and it was my fault because I didn’t do the right things in these moments. Then I had a chance to get back to the (Senegal) national team and it got my mind right. I’m back to work and I really want to end the season doing the best I can.

“I think I didn’t do the right preparation earlier in the season because things happen fast to me. Maybe I don’t think I handle it well. Now that I have been out of games for a long time, it has got…

Read the full article from the Source…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *