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PODCAST: LA Galaxy Ruin Charlotte’s Party. Alvarez and defense draw early interest. 

The LA Galaxy accomplished a lot in Charlotte. But is the offense stuttering while the defense is over-performing?

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — A hush came across the largest crowd in a Major League Soccer game on Saturday night. And the reason for that hush was Efrain Alvarez. So is this the sign that Alvarez should finally be given the freedom to start?

On today’s show, hosts Josh Guesman and Kevin Baxter discuss the LA Galaxy win over Charlotte FC on Saturday night in front of nearly 75,000 people. But there are other topics to cover. They’re going to talk some offense, some defense, and whether or not Julian Araujo is a believer in the darkest of arts. 

Josh and Kevin will start by applauding the effort and the result from the 1-0 win over Charlotte on Saturday. They’re going to talk about Alvarez and his wonder-striker and why it’s not like we haven’t seen this movie before. Does that mean we need to see him starting? Does the injury to Vazquez put Vanney in a position to reward the 19-year-old? And how does Alvarez’s game change when he’s a starter?

Plus, the Galaxy lead the league in shots and key passes, but they’ve only seen two goals hit the back of the net in 2022. Are you worried that Chicharito, Cabral, and Costa aren’t producing? And how much does Cabral shoulder the blame for the poor finishing?

But there’s a bigger question about Cabral. Are the Galaxy not finding their Young DP? 

And the defense has been the standout through 180 minutes. What have Julian Araujo, Raheem Edwards, Nick DePuy, and Sega Coulibaly been able to do this season? And why are they the key to success?

Finally, Josh raises questions about Eriq Zavaleta, Sergio Ramos, and Julian Araujo. And then he talks about charts.

It’s a pretty standard Monday. But the Galaxy could be on their way to club history.