CARSON, CA (March 4, 2017) – It was a rough start to the Curt Onalfo Era for the LA Galaxy this weekend. The club lost at home 2-1 against FC Dallas, who were playing their third game in ten days. While LA had some good moments, they still have work to do if they want to play like a playoff team.
Jermaine Jones: LA Galaxy Are A Work In Progress
The Galaxy by no means played terrible in the home opener. They just had some poor critical moments while Dallas rose to the occasion in critical moments. This is certainly true for the two goals they gave up.
“We had some good, extended possession. We defended well for the most part, a little disjointed on a couple plays but normal for this time of the season. They come out and score a quick goal. I think our reaction is excellent. And then we’re pushing the game and I’m really disappointed with the second goal we gave up,” said Head Coach Curt Onalfo after the match.
Onalfo added that his side “faced a very, very good team that punishes you when you make mistakes.”
It was clear throughout the game that FC Dallas were a team that’s been built up and knows each other well. On the other side, the Galaxy have a lot of new faces and are learning how to play as a unit.
Midfielder Jermaine Jones said it best: “I think it’s still a work in progress. And if you watch the whole game, we controlled the game pretty good and gave up a dumb goal, we came back and at 1-1 we had a lot of chances, but we don’t put them in. And then, from a throw in, they come back with a shot. I think you have to close them in from the throw in. But I still believe that the team is still a process. There was a step, as you see we could control the game, but you have to score, too.”
Critical errors at the back led to conceding goals. Critical errors in the attack led to missed opportunities. On defense, this will improve with time. Dave Romney and Rafa Garcia need to get familiar with their positions. The attack will be about individuals finishing their chances. Jack McBean and Ariel Lassiter need time. More importantly, this club needs a healthy Gyasi Zardes in the Starting XI.
Until that happens, the LA Galaxy are a work in progress.