One thing has remained constant throughout the 2010 Los Angeles Galaxy campaign. When giving up the first goal, the Galaxy are 0-5-1, and when trailing at halftime they are 0-3-1.
It's a trend that at this point almost feels predictive.
"We’ve given up way too many early goals this year," Galaxy midfielder Chris Klein said via an article on LAGalaxy.com, "What that does to us is it ends up making us chase the game and allowing teams to sit in and counter against us."
That's certainly how the last two Galaxy games have felt. After giving up an early goal, the Galaxy look the better squad, because they're forced to dominate possession and press forward. Opposing keepers are forced to make some fantastic saves, and if they do the Galaxy leave themselves exposed for a counterattack. Of course, the sitting back part makes the Galaxy press all the more futile against a defense worth their weight in salt. On Saturday, the Galaxy left keeper Jimmy Nielson untried in the first half.
"In this league, it’s hard to chase any game because we don’t have enough talented players," [Landon Donovan] said. "There aren’t enough talented players around the league to do the things to make plays when the other team has 10 guys behind the ball."
"When you see Chelsea or Man U or Arsenal or Barcelona play, they have enough quality players where they can play against 10 guys behind the ball and still create really good chances. That’s always going to be hard for us. We need to get back to the things we’re good at and if we do that, we’ll win."