Hutcherson wrote about the Galaxy's loss to the Richmond Kickers like it was the upset of the century.
The MLS as we knew it ended on a Tuesday night in Richmond, with the League's first and potentially only super club losing 1-0 in the US Open Cup. A mostly first choice eleven couldn't string together enough offensive moves to really give themselves much of a chance.
With the Kickers busy with the post-game autograph session, the Galaxy had a bigger league and a bigger name waiting for them in Carson. The media session conducted next to the bus with the motor running.
It's odd watching a team in obvious transition. The Galaxy don't play as a unit. Half the team operates as if they have no clue what to expect, and this didn't suddenly happen - the result of too many trades and an off night in Virginia.
An absurd way to play professional soccer. A team that couldn't even pull it together for the fifteen minutes they needed to put away a second division USL club.
So does that mean that MLS ended, twice over? Eeek, eeek.
Basically, everything that the Galaxy do is going to be scrutinized and picked over twice as much as anything any other team does. The MLS champions, the Houston Dynamo, also lost in Open Cup play, but the sky is falling because the Galaxy couldn't win.
It's going to be par for the course for LA and its players, because soccer is very open to interpretation. I can watch a match and believe a team did everything but win, while someone else can believe a team was shockingly shameful in its finishing and deserved nothing. It's perspective. There are many different ones.
Such as this screed against Galaxy player Kyle Martino for - in an apparently unbiased opinion - bringing great dishonor to the game by exagerrating contact to draw a penalty kick. On the other hand, there's only a slight mention of the similar tactic by Luciano Emilio put into practice a few weeks earlier than Martino's actions. You'll have to look for it - it comes after a few paragraphs about DC's tough schedule, then there's a couple of sentences on the penalty embellishment by the DC United forward.
My take on fouls is simple. I'm not deluded enough to aspire to some noblesse oblige about how players should never, ever feign worse impact than actually took place. That's like saying a player should never commit a foul. Idealistic, but not realistic. It's up to the ref to call a foul and the fact is, if there's contact in the box, calling attention to that is an age-old trick of forwards around the world. It's a trick as valid as taking the ball into the corner to hold a lead. It's simply hypocritical to ream one player out for a dive and yet tread lightly around that situation in another instance. I figure it's a big round wheel of blown calls. The one that goes against a team in one game will go for them in the next. It's part of the maddening, intoxicating allure of soccer. Sometimes a team gets luckier than it should.
By the way, for any team to complain about crazy scheduling - has anyone looked at the Galaxy's late season schedule? Simply brutal.
The bottom line though, is that these are just a couple of examples out of many. More is going to be expected of the Galaxy, and everything is going to be blown out of proportion with regards to every stumble. Newspapers in Indonesia will be analyzing Frank Yallop's choices to start matches. This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg that sank the Titanic.