Front office administrations always insist that they're not going to buckle to pressure from fans to fire coaches, but the pink slips tossed by Crew fans for Greg Andrulis, the "Fire Sampson" chants and banners in 2006 from Galaxy fans and the "Fuera Bradley" shouts in New York would indicate otherwise.
The movement to rally fans against Frank Yallop has been less united. Perhaps enough fans still believe in his reputation as a top MLS coach. Perhaps they do believe that the Galaxy have been somewhat victimized by the schedule. Perhaps they don't believe starting all over again is really a step forward. Perhaps they've just started to campaign for his dismissal.
Frank was, as usual, inclined to an optimistic view on signs of discontent, specifically the banner the Riot Squad unfurled after the Real Salt Lake loss.
"I did see that sign. It is what it is. I said to the guys in there, ‘The fans didn’t boo us off. We lost at home again, but they didn’t boo us off.’ We lost on Wednesday. I think the fans are seeing something that’s there. It’s not a complete nightmare, where they’re just running by us and we’re terrible. What was the sign again anyway? We’re effin knackered too, Frank. Yeah. You can take it two ways. I think they’re trying to hopefully back me up, and I’m going to take it that way. I will say this, and I hope you write this - I think the fans have been unbelievable for us. I really do. I mean, they have endured a tough year and they’ve backed the players up. They see that effort and they see that commitment and they see that we stick with it. It’s not like they see people not trying and not giving a hoot. They clapped us off, which makes me think that maybe, they’re at least seeing a team that is trying."
In the first half, the pressbox was buzzing about how well the Galaxy were playing, but the scoreboard is the final judge and jury. I told Luis at the half, "Yikes - they've played so much better than Real, but the longer they don't put them away, the more problems they'll have. Especially after the game against Pachuca, the Galaxy defense will be more tired and vulnerable. Real will put Andy Williams and Robbie Findley in and they're going to torture them. It's not going to be good."