Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays for the LA Galaxy in a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on July 12, 2019 - Photo by Steve Carrillo
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Podcast: No leadership, no result. Galaxy are in trouble

The LA Galaxy lost to their biggest rival and didn’t show much fight. What does the loss to SJ tell us about the Galaxy’s leadership?

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — The LA Galaxy are making the buildup to one of their biggest games this year more than a little uncomfortable.

Whereas an excellent performance against the San Jose Earthquakes would have bolstered their resolve heading into the LAFC match, their flattest performance of the year, against a rival, has left more questions than answer.

On today’s show, hosts Josh Guesman and Kevin Baxter (back from the women’s World Cup) walk you through the bad result and the even more questionable post-game for the Galaxy.

The guys start by breaking down the tactical side of the 3-1 loss. They’ll talk about some of the only bright spots the Galaxy showed, and why even when winning at halftime, the Galaxy knew they were in trouble.

The outstanding performance from David Bingham was completely wasted, Rolf Feltschers early goal was completely wasted, and there were no answers for the Galaxy outside the first 15-20 minutes of the game.

And afterward, Schelotto didn’t have an answer for the San Jose’s 32 shots and 16 shots on goal. And there was no answer for why the Galaxy attempted just six crosses on the night and why Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t have a shot on goal.

The Earthquakes completely dominated the game, and their rapid-fire goals in the second half were just more of an illustration of why the Galaxy were outcoached and outmaneuvered at every step.

But the bigger question of who this team’s leader was comes to light from the locker room after this loss. And Josh and Kevin do their best to convey the post-game atmosphere and why Feltscher and Joe Corona — neither of whom you’d consider leaders — had to answer for the poor play from so many.

This podcast isn’t the happy one you expected leading into the match with LAFC. But it was probably a long time coming.

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