Los Angeles has had quite a bit of sports news dominate their headlines in recent weeks.
Yasiel Puig’s rise and the mania he has caused at Dodger Stadium, the Angels’ winning ways as they swept the league-leading Boston Red Sox, and – most prominently – Dwight Howard choosing to leave L.A. for what he considers greener pastures in Houston have been at the forefront.
All of these things has left Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and their exploits under the radar.
Which they really should not be as after a slow start, the two-time defending MLS champions’ play has improved to the point of them currently being in third place in the Western Division with a 9-7-3 record, good for 30 points – three points are awarded for a win and one point for a tie – and leaving them four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake.
The Galaxy’s 2-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night in front of a large crowd of 19, 729 at Stub Hub Center in Carson (formerly known as Home Depot Center) illustrates this improved play as midfielders Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez’s goals provided the offense in the win.
It was the team’s third victory in their last four games, the only blemish in that span coming on June 29 when they gave up the winning goal late in their 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Landon Donovan has missed time due to Team USA commitments as that squad continues its quest for a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which has left Robbie Keane to take up the slack as the Irish forward leads the Galaxy in goals with seven, shots on goal with 14, and assists with eight.
Carlo Cudicini has done a good job in goal as he has 31 saves.
“There are a lot of games ahead,” coach Bruce Arena commented. “Hopefully we can continue to get better.”
That opportunity to get better will present itself over the next three Saturdays as the Galaxy will travel to portland for a match with the Timbers on July 13. They will host the Vancouver Whitecaps the next Saturday, on July 20, before hitting the road again to face the Colorado Rapids on July 27.
Here’s a video highlight clip of the Galaxy’s 1-0 win on June 23 over their same-stadium rivals, Chivas USA, for fans to check out: