CARSON If the Galaxy needed any reminders, soccer can be and is a cruel sport.
After a lively first half that saw the Galaxy create decent chances, getting into dangerous positions, New York City FC needed just two chances to end up stealing the full three points.
Jonathan Lewis broke the scoreless stretch with a remarkable curling shot from 20 yards out that sailed just over Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe and into the net.
David Villa then put the game to bed in the 74th minute with his 18th goal of the season to lead New York City FC (13-7-4) to a 2-0 victory over the Galaxy (6-12-5) in front of 25.667, Saturday at the StubHub Center.
The loss extends the Galaxy’s winless streak to eight (0-7-1).
“The guys aren’t happy with the results and neither are the fans,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. “I thought from a soccer standpoint, I thought we played really well. We deserved to come out of that game with more.
“Overall, when you look at the game, I thought we dominated the game. When you look at the chances we created, the corners that we got out, possession and everything else, I thought the team played really well.”
Prior to Villa’s goal, the Galaxy was again close to a goal as Romain Alessandrini got off a shot that sailed over to Ashley Cole, who one-time shot hit off the crossbar.
Minutes later, NYCFC was celebrating Villa’s goal.
However, it was the first goal that set the tide against the Galaxy.
“It’s a bad goal to take,” Schmid said. “First goal is a horrible goal to take. Those are the kind of goals that deflate a team. Now, you take the air out of the balloon and it becomes harder.”
Rowe accepted responsibility for the goal afterward.
“I just saw it late,” Rowe said of the Lewis’ shot. “Games like this, you’ve got a lot of momentum and opportunities to keep him off of the ball …it is one I need to make a save on.”
Down 2-0, again the Galaxy created chances, but New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson came up with a pair of top-class saves to preserve the shutout.
The Galaxy can’t hide from its home issues. The club has just one victory at home through the first 12, dropping to 1-7-4.
During those 12 games, the Galaxy has scored just 10 goals.
At times in the first half, the Galaxy appeared to be close to increasing the goal total at home, but failed to come up with the final pass.
When asked what his team lacked, Schmid kept it simple
“A center forward,” he said. “Somebody’s whose very…