Los Angeles Galaxy was able to earn a brilliant win against the Philadelphia Union last week at home, but it could not repeat its victory during its match against the Chicago Fire. The match left much to be desired in the eyes of the fans, because there were several missed chances and the club did not play to its full potential. There were a lot of outside forces that affected the outcome of today’s match, but Galaxy needs to step up and take the fault for the bad match it played while away.
Chicago earned the first goal of the match from a penalty kick gifted to it from a bad call. Juninho committed a foul right outside the penalty box, but the player fell inside the box and there was no referee to keep a close eye on the error. Although it should have been a free kick and not a penalty kick, Juninho is still at fault for a bad tackle. Luckily, Landon Donovan soon tied the match with yet another goal. I hope he continues to use Galaxy matches as a way to prove to others that he is indeed still at the top of his game.
The real issue continues to be that Galaxy cannot earn three points on the road. Chicago is definitely a different town that Los Angeles, and the humidity seemed to affect the players’ speed, but the players cannot count on its home matches bring them the points they need. It can blame the weather, but Galaxy could not play as well as it did last week. One point is better than zero, but it really needed the three points to move up in the standings.
With Robbie Keane gone for the next match, Galaxy will need to continue to train harder to continue winning. Its next match is against its familiar rivals Chivas USA, but it still needs to make sure to score as many goals as possible. It will be at home for the match, which gives it the extra push it needs, but it needs to see the match as practice rather than an easy win.