CARSON Through the first half of the season, home hasn’t been to comforting for the Galaxy.
Once considered unbeatable at StubHub Center, the Galaxy are nearly unrecognizable now and Saturday things went from bad to worse in a hurry.
The Galaxy, at the end of a grueling seven-game in 21-days stretch, turned in a lifeless performance in front of 25,667 at StubHub Center, allowing four goals in the second half on the way to an embarrassing 6-2 defeat to Real Salt Lake (6-12-2, 20 points).
“It is unacceptable,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said. “It is disappointing, not just to the sold-out crowd that showed up tonight ….very disappointing.”
Of the Galaxy’s (6-8-4, 22 points) eight losses so far this season, five have come at home. They have a 1-5-3 record, compared to 5-3-1 at home.
The Galaxy trailed 2-1 entering the second half. Romain Alessandrini was brought on a sub to spring some life into the attack.
However, nothing went right for the Galaxy.
Yura Movisisyan (62nd minute), Jefferson Savarino (72nd and 77th) and Joao Plata (81st) scored for RSL in the second half.
“I think everyone has to kind of look in the mirror,” Galaxy defender Ashley Cole said. “For me, I don’t think no one performed. You can’t keep going through every game being known as the team that always works hard, deserves more. Sometimes, you have to bring quality and today we had zero quality on the ball.
“No one wanted the ball, no one wanted to play and this (the result) is what happen.”
Bradford Jamieson IV scored a 90th minute goal for the Galaxy.
The Galaxy has been ravaged during this stretch. Last week they had 12 players unavailable. Saturday, the number was down to eight players who out due to either injury, suspension or national team call-ups.
“We can’t make excuses,” Onalfo said. “We’re a group that ….we don’t make excuses, we find solutions. There’s no doubt about it, we’re a tired group. It is our seventh game in less than three weeks. We’re without a lot of our veteran players, so we’re relying on a younger group, we have a lot of injuries, but these younger guys have shown that they can do it before.
“We don’t make excuses …it is unacceptable. We need to have a very short memory and get that our system very quickly.”
Cole offered the same sentiments regarding not making excuses.
“It is about the desire and will to not get battered how we did today,” Cole said. “I can’t hold nine players’ hand every game and that’s how it felt today. They’ve played enough games now, they have to step up and understand, they have to win. It is on their shoulders. You can tell them as much as you want, but no one is going to put their foot into tackle, you can’t teach that. It’s the mentality they’ve got to have and I think today, it showed they didn’t have that mentality.”
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