Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Galaxyed out

I don't know the last time such a bad MLS team garnered so much attention as the L.A. Galaxy have lately. Their fall from grace really isn't anything new; this team's been average for many years now. But all eyes were on the Galaxy because of David Beckham and now that he's gone and the club has 3 wins in 19 games, everyone's wondering what the hell happened.

I covered what was one of the worst team in MLS history as Chivas USA went 4-22-6 in 2005. Not saying the Galaxy will lose 20 games but this season is starting to feel a bit like that one. With Chivas then, they lost games every way possible: they blew 80th-minute leads, they blew 80th-minute draws, they'd fall behind early and play strong the rest of the way but come up short, or they'd just get their asses handed to them.

The Galaxy is also finding new and interesting ways to lose; they blew a halftime lead in a game they should have scored much more than once, they lost in penalties to one of the best teams in the Western Hemisphere, they lost a high-scoring match and, of course, they suffered through a few good ol' fashioned routs.

I think I'm starting to get a headache from this Galaxy season and I need some time away. I guess it's a good thing we have two MLS teams in this market, and the other team is a legitimate MLS Cup contender.

9 comments:

twigg said...

Unfortunately that "other team" is Chivas USA. ugh... I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

glyconerd said...

'bout time, dood. =]

A.C. said...

Sturm und Drang - the Galaxy story is compelling to me - it's like a Greek tragedy. It's like that car crash you can't turn away from.

Chivas USA is like that great movie you loved and then you tell your friends about it, but no one, for some reason, is interested in going to see it.

Anonymous said...

Perfect analogy, Andrea!

San Patricios are here!!

Michael said...

Chivas can't draw worth a damn. I think this Thursday's match on ESPN2 will be a little embarassing.

The more I think about Chivas, the more I wonder what the point of them is anymore. They've abandoned the Latino-theme that they had at the start and despite their impressive team they have not captured the attention of the fanbase they have targeted.

In this era of rising expansion fees, what's going to keep Chivas here if they continue to draw 10-11k?

That's a story you should explore with the people in charge of the team.

L.B. said...

Hey twigg, you gettin' your boots ready? Galaxy may need you on the field this time...

Craig said...

" if they continue to draw 10-11k?"

They don't even draw that! More like 5 to 6k.

glyconerd said...

Micheal, bitter much? The point of chivs usa is to provide an alternative to that mess that galaxy is...

Micheal, we have quite a few ex-galaxy season ticket holders sitting with us. They're so sick of that single market and their price gouching. I could go on..

Sos amargado y lloron...

Michael said...

I'm not bitter, just concerned. I wanted (and still want) Chivas USA to be a big success.

It's just trending heavily in the wrong direction.

You have to wonder, with so many markets heavily interested in MLs and so few remaining expansion slots available, what the future actually holds for Chivas USA