The Galaxy have no one to blame but that guy who dances in the stands at sporting events. No obviously not the Galaxy can’t blame themselves. They dominated the final 15 minutes of play at the Home Depot Center Sunday night. Robbie Keane had 3 opportunities to put the ball in the net. The Galaxy dominated possession all the way into the 4th and final minute of injury time.
Then that dancing guy, who has been at every sporting event that wasn’t a high school soccer game I’ve been to in the last year. That guy with the cape, and the puffy hands had moved down to the first row of the southwest corner of the stadium. If he had been there the whole game it was only at that final moment that he stood up, debuting a brand new routine of dance moves.
As the game was very much going to end in a tie at the final moment, I was distracted by this scene; and obviously the Galaxy players were too because all of the sudden the Earthquakes were celebrating their goal. No one was paying attention to the free kick, which was driven underneath the jumping wall to the near post. They were obviously jumping to get a better view of the dancing guy, advertising who knows what, in the far corner of the field.
The Galaxy would have been disappointed walking out of there with a tie after the chances they had in the final 15 minutes.
But now they walk into San Jose needing an out and out win in regulation come Wednesday.
This isn’t the first time San Jose have spoiled the Galaxy’s effort. Twice earlier this season the Galaxy squandered multiple goal leads against San Jose, and lost in the final minutes.
The game might as well have not had a first half, as neither team ventured forward to have more than a single chance. Not only did the Galaxy have no creativity on offense, but they couldn’t hold the ball either.
In the second half the big guns looked better. Keane awoke from his slumber in the final fifteen minutes. But he hooked a shot straight at the keeper on a break down the right side when Landon Donovan broke across the middle to give him space. He blasted a shot past the keeper but off the crossbar from the 18 yard box. And could not chest Edson Buddle’s terribly inadequate ball that he blasted across the box.
David Beckham and his bright orange boots were subbed out with 20 minutes to play in the second half for non factor Edson Buddle, a questionable decision when LA won a free kick just outside the box with minutes to go in the game.
After 90 minutes the Galaxy felt they had earned the win even thought the scoreline didn’t confirm it. The game ball would have to go to the medical staff, who came out with the stretcher 3 times for Earthquake players. Each time the stretcher left the field as it came on, empty. San Jose time wasted their way to try to escape LA with a tie. But thanks to that dancing guy with a cape, the distracted Galaxy gave them a victory.