The Los Angeles Galaxy were the underdog in tonight’s match against FC Dallas. Two of its three Designated Players, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, were missing from the starting eleven, because both players were gone for U.S. National Team camp. If you had asked me before watching the club play tonight, I would’ve told you that Dallas would win without a doubt. I’m very happy to be wrong.
All the odds were against it, but Galaxy were able to earn a much-needed three points. It hadn’t won a match in over a month, and it was playing the third place club in the Western Conference while it sat in ninth place. On paper, this basically guaranteed a loss or a draw at most. The club surprised everyone by playing its best and winning the match. This was the club that fans had been waiting for all year, but can it continue to win?
Tonight’s match against Dallas was a perfect example of what the club will be without Donovan and Gonzalez – assuming they both join the USMNT in Brazil for the World Cup. It will now rely heavily on its forwards and attacking midfielders, which is lucky because it has plenty of options for those positions. The players it picked up in the preseason will continue to be on the evident on the pitch, and hopefully the club will continue doing well.
Galaxy showed improvement from its match against the Portland Timbers, and it was able to get results tonight. Fans no longer need to hang their heads in shame. This win moves the club up three spots into sixth. It is still far from an ideal place, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Galaxy face the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, and hopefully the confidence boost from this win will overpower its tired legs to earn another win.