FOXBOROUGH, MA (July 22, 2017) – The LA Galaxy have now lost five straight games in league play. The New England Revolution defeated them 4-3 on Saturday night off a second half brace from Teal Bunbury. The Revs ended a three game losing streak themselves.
Galaxy Head Coach Curt Onalfo made just three changes from the lineup in midweek. Jermaine Jones and Rafael Garcia stepped in as holding midfielders in a 4-2-3-1. Brian Rowe was in goal, with Jelle Van Damme at center back and Ashley Cole at left back. Giovani dos Santos started up top with Romain Alessandrini on the wing and Jack McBean up top.
Revolution Manager Jay Heeps had his team in a 4-4-2 diamond formation. Brad Knighton was in goal with Antonio Mlinar Delamea and Chris Tierney on the backline. Gershon Koffie was at the base of diamond with Diego Fagundez and Scott Caldwell on the wings. Kelyn Rowe was back from the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup to start as the No. 10. Kie Kamara and Lee Nguyen were the strikers.
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The first haf started a frenetic pace, with lots of back and forth action. Nguyen got the scoring started just 16 minutes in. Deigo Fagundez won a ball outside the box after a long ball. He found Nguyen who went in on goal and beat Rowe off a deflection.
Daniel Steres tied the game for the first time in the 22nd minute on a second chance off a good sequence for the Galaxy. Alessandrini got to the touch line and sent a cross infront of goal. Steres beat everyone to the ball, and directed it past Knighton.
Just 12 minutes later, Kamara scored on a counter, going in on goal against Rowe. The half ended 2-1 to New England with Jones, Andrew Farrell, Bradley Diallo, and McBean on yellow cards.
Steres got a brace in the 53rd minute, on a chaotic breakdown in front of the New England goal.
New England responded however with back to back goals from substitute Teal Bunbury. Both came in transition play. Bunbury scores from the center of the box on both plays, first with his head and then with his right foot on a first time shot.
The Galaxy pulled one back on another sloppy play in the box 79th minute. Alessandrini was the creator again for the Galaxy. Knighton got a hand to it, but couldn’t clear the ball. Lassiter missed on his first chance but collected the rebound and scored.
Los Angeles ran out of gas though, and the match ended 4-3.
16′ New England – Lee Nguyen (assisted by Diego Fagundez)
22′ Los Angeles – Daniel Steres (assisted by Romain Alessandrini and Rafael Garcia)
34′ New England – Kei Kamara (assisted by Diego Fagundez)
53′ Los Angeles – Daniel Steres (unassisted)
70′ New England – Teal Bunbury (assisted by Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez)
73′ New England – Teal Bunbury (assisted Andrew Farrell and Kei Kamara)
79′ Los Angeles – Ariel Lassiter (unassisted)
For a neutral, this was an exciting game to watch. The defending was pretty bad, but several of the goals were fun to watch and the match went back and forth. Both teams came in on long losing streaks (three for New England, five for LA). Ultimately, the Revs were able to stop the bleeding and get a result. It had to feel good for the whole cast off offensive players to scores.
This is another tough loss for the Galaxy. They continue to struggle with production from the forwards. Giovani dos Santos hasn’t lived up to expectations this year and Alessandrini can only do so much. The midfield shape struggled with the changes that were made. This team needs to do something in transfer window to rescue the attack. The defense needs to improve internally if the Galaxy are to make the playoffs.