Julian Araujo figures in all three allowed goals. Are you worried? Should the LA Galaxy be worried about the offense?
COG STUDIOS, Calif. — Did it feel like this last year? When the LA Galaxy played some of their biggest games and always came up short? Did it feel like that again on Saturday when the Galaxy dominated a Seattle Sounders team but got nothing for it? And did the defense regress back to last year? Is it all too familiar?
On today’s show, hosts Josh Guesman and Kevin Baxter discuss the Galaxy’s 3-2 loss of the Seattle Sounders.
The guys will start with the basics, but there are some fundamental questions about the defense and why it broke down in three set-piece opportunities. And yes, we’re counting the penalty kick as a set-piece breakdown.
And while defense is a team game, there’s one individual who bears a lot of the brunt of the collapses — and that’s Julian Araujo. He’s mentioned in all three goals and can be directly be blamed for the first two. So what’s happening to the wonderkid? And is it a bigger problem to worry about or something he can work through?
Is the pressure from Mexico, and those huge expectations, finally getting to him? Or has a more talented Araujo just not figured out how to put it all together in the first three games? And should Greg Vanney be looking to change things up and sit Araujo?
Plus, the Galaxy’s offense is second in shots but much further down the list in goals. While possession is generating the chances, are the Galaxy missing too many good looks at goal. And who needs to put them in the back of the net?
Kevin Cabral is undoubtedly someone to focus on. But Chicharito is also an excellent place to look for more.