Probably not what the LA Galaxy wanted to have happen.
Defender Jelle Van Damme was out after receiving two controversial yellow cards at the end of the first half. All while teammates Jermaine Jones and David Romney were unavailable due to suspensions handed down by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
The Galaxy’s troubles continued on Sunday after forward Giovanni dos Santos left the game at halftime with an apparent hamstring pull on his right leg. He will be evaluated today, but his extended loss would be a huge blow to an already depleted Galaxy team.
Also, Los Angeles has now lost their last three regular-season home games after a 15-match unbeaten home record in Carson. They are being tested early in this MLS season, and I can only hope what doesn’t kill them will make them stronger!
Younger players and reserves are being asked to step up and produce. Players like Rafael Garcia, Nathan Smith, and veteran Baggio Husidic need to be ready and flexible, as the rotation will surely change in order to accommodate the holes in the lineup.
However, one bright spot from Sunday’s match up was the impressive play by goalie Clement Diop. He may have secured a starting position with his strong performance.
Meanwhile, the Timbers are beginning their season with two victories in a row — a first for their franchise.
Lastly, Portland scored just seven minutes into Sunday’s match and that was all they needed to secure the victory.
While the Galaxy and Coach Onalfo wait on word of the Dos Santos injury, they will prepare for an away match up with the Real Salt Lake on Saturday.