Tonight was game one of LA Galaxy’s three-game run away from home. They brought out the new blue kits, and boy did they look sharp. The four stars were as bright as diamonds! Not really, but they looked awesome. This was the ONLY positive thing from tonight’s game. Yes, the uniforms. The game from an LA fan’s perspective was something I never want to see again. Ughhhh.
The first half I enjoyed watching; it opened up early as Villarreal had a great header that put Vancouver’s keeper, Joe Cannon, on his toes. LA had great possession and the pace was quick. As the half went on Vancouver’s confidence began building, and they began attacking. In the 37th minute Gonzalez made an awkward clearance that had Cudicini making his best save of the night. Yes, Gonzalez had a “shot” on his own goal; it was a pretty one too, but at the wrong goal. Besides this one derp moment, neither team had a shot on goal that looked troubling. LA had five corner kicks in the first half, and couldn’t convert any. The half ended 0-0.
Second half was crazy, crazy, crazy. Around the 55th minute it started looking like last week’s game against Houston. LA gave Vancouver one too many chances, and it came back to bite them. In the 63rd minute Russell Teibert put Vancouver in the lead 1-0. This lit a fire under Vancouver, they kept pushing forward and they wanted the win. At this point LA’s whole team was not playing up to par; they were losing possession and just seemed to be all over the place. Something needed to change, and Bruce Arena apparently thought so too as he brought on Zardes for Sarvas in the 66th minute.
It was a fresh set of legs, but LA fell apart in the 76th minute as Teibert got his second goal of the night. LA had no energy; you could see the defeat on their faces. But in the 86th minute Zardes put on his big girl undies and put the ball in the back of the net to bring the score 2-1. With only four minutes left LA had a hope back in their eyes and pushed everyone up top. Just as you thought the game was over, Mattock scored the third goal and put the cherry on top for Vancouver. The final whistle blew and LA had lost 3-1 to Vancouver.
LA’s next game will be May 15th against Philadelphia Union.