By Nolan P Smith
(Carson)– What many hoped to be a dream season turned into a woeful disappointment as the Los Angeles Galaxy were eliminated from the MLS Cup playoffs at the hands of the Seattle Sounders and their old coach Sigi Schmid.
It looked to be a great, rebound of a year for the Galaxy, especially after the reigning champions brought back Donovan Ricketts, the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year, and English Premier League legend Steve Gerard. But with Ricketts was anything but an award winning goalkeeper, as three goals were allowed on set pieces to the Seattle Sounders as they took the game and the hopes for another championship from the Galaxy with a 3-2 win. This marked a bit of payback for the Galaxy, as they were the team to defeat Seattle in last season’s Western Conference Finals.
The Galaxy did not look settle and their midfield lacked vision to connect with forwards Robbie Keane and Giovanni Dos Santos. Their defense was shaky at best and without a doubt will be an area where the Galaxy will look to improve in the off season.
The Sounders scored twice minutes after the start of the game, with scores by Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez. This was only the beginning of a proverbial shootout, with the first half bringing a shared four goals. It was the mistakes of the Galaxy that led to their downfall, as a key mistake led to Seattle’s Erik Friberg to capitalize and send his team moving forward, and the Galaxy packing.
The team tried unsuccessfully to rebound from the early shock of getting behind the score sheet, but by the time they put on an effort, Seattle had taken full control of the midfield and parked the bus in their box.
This is the first time the Galaxy were eliminated from the playoffs in the seven years of the Coach Bruce Arena’s era. This also marked the end of a dream as the Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard hoped of getting a title during his first season in the United States.