Improvements in Defense

Discussion in 'LA Galaxy' started by Ludwig77, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Ludwig77

    Ludwig77 New Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It just hit me...although one was a USOC/B Squad match, and the other was a derby, we've just strung two shut-outs back to back. Dare I say our defense is starting to improve? Thoughts an opinions please. Although it's only 2 games, I can't remember us doing that last year. :eek:
     
  2. Natsoccer

    Natsoccer Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Valencia, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am fairly certain we now have the greatest defence ever to exist :)
     
  3. jmaestro

    jmaestro Member+

    Mar 27, 2008
    Bakersfield
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In the World or in the Universe? Because I would go with Universe.

    Seriously, though, we'd better give it more than 4 weeks before we make any generalizations, but anytime we give up a goal or less, I'm going to be pretty gosh darn happy, because that didn't happen a lot last year.
     
  4. Geneva

    Geneva LA for Life

    Feb 5, 2003
    Southern Cal
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm pleased with the shutouts, but it was Colorado's B team, missing one man for most of the game, and Chivas' depleted-by-injuries lineup, also minus a player for a significant amount of time.

    I really really want to believe in Berhalter. (Not sold yet however.) He could be just the ticket in front of Ricketts and with all the youngsters out there. He & Omar need to be smart, though, because they do not have recovery speed on many of the forwards in this league. 90 minutes of concentration are essential.
     
  5. FlapJack

    FlapJack Member+

    Mar 3, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I'm not getting too excited yet. If our goalkeeper had gone 5 for 5 on saves in our last league game that might have been a shutout too (instead of a 3-2 loss). Not really indicative of a great defensive performance just yet. More a goalie who mad a few big saves.
     
  6. rtdavide

    rtdavide Member+

    Apr 20, 2005
    Whittier, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    umm, did you see OUR team during that USOC game? it wasn't our A team either
    and while Chivas may be depleted, we are missing a cog or two as well AND we were down for a man for a portion of the game too.
    I'm not ready to declare our defensive problems fixed, but we are definately looking better than last year.
     
  7. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    2 Shut-outs in all competitions so far this year.

    2 Shut-outs in all competitions last year....for the entire year.

    We're still not a good defensive team, but we're better....
     
  8. JCa

    JCa New Member

    May 13, 2000
    CA
    Our defense is better but our offense is worse.
     
  9. Vindo310

    Vindo310 Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    South Bay LA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think the common factor is not having Sanneh out there for most of the game. I really can't stand him. Everytime I see him running(if you call it that) my stomach just bunches up. Sanneh scares me because he is old and slow.
     
  10. tsaldana3

    tsaldana3 Member

    Apr 26, 2008
    TX
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Actually compared to the start of last season, we have the same goals scored. The first three games we had 4 goals for and 7 goals against with our record being 1 win and 2 losses.

    These first 3 games we have 4 goals for and 5 goals against with our record being 2 ties and one loss. And that is without Buddle.

    So we are a bit better starting off this season in the organzation area of the defense. And we have only lost one game, BUT due to the point system, we are behind 1 point from last year.
     
  11. Soccer Obsession

    Jun 13, 2007
    Pasadena
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    WOW. What a stat. It says much more about how much we sucked last year than how good we are this year, but still...
     
  12. Ludwig77

    Ludwig77 New Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    HA HA....I was thinking the same thing. But at this point, any news that doesn't end in "Galaxy Loss" is good news.!
     
  13. Galaxy Steve

    Galaxy Steve Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    PASADENA AREA
    Patrick,
    I count 4 for last year...
    -Steve

     
  14. Soccer Obsession

    Jun 13, 2007
    Pasadena
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Steve is right (if by all competitions, you mean including friendlies):

    03/05 - Wednesday @ Shanghai Hong Kong * W, 3-0
    03/15 - Saturday @ FC Dallas ^ T, 0-0
    04/03 - ThursdaySan Jose Earthquakes W, 2-0
    06/14 - Saturday@ San Jose Earthquakes W, 3-0

    Of course, if you just meant regular season games and USOC cup games, then yeah, just the two vs. SJ.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, friendlies don't count....
     
  16. Spry

    Spry Member

    Apr 25, 2006
    Pasadena
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Hmmm...I think you proved it's better to have one win than 2 ties. We're not losing as much, but we're not wining as much either. Hardly just cause for celebration. Too early to rest on statistics I'm afraid.
     
  17. jmaestro

    jmaestro Member+

    Mar 27, 2008
    Bakersfield
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We're on pace to give up 50 goals and score 40 in league play. Obviously too early to be statistically significant yet, but still interesting. Have to check back in a few games and see where we are at.
     
  18. jbgeach

    jbgeach Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    Chattanooga, TN
    Our defense is much improved. Berhalter is an upgrade, Rickets is an upgrade, Dunivant will be an upgrade when available. Oh, yeah, Omar is a significant upgrade. With Dema eating up in front we will have a much better defence this year. Now, the problem is that we will really miss the service that Donovan got last year.
     
  19. mbar

    mbar Member+

    Apr 30, 1999
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When you focus on defense, the offense will inevitably suffer.

    Still, best to build from the back.
     
  20. galaxyfanz

    galaxyfanz Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    agree 100%
     
  21. jmaestro

    jmaestro Member+

    Mar 27, 2008
    Bakersfield
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Now, the one stat we DO need to improve on is red cards. Three games, three cards. Hard to win playing a man down all the time. Berhalter's was fine, he had to do it, Gordan's was stupid, and Dema's was just classic Dema.

    I do also have to agree from the small sample size we've had that Berhalter does appear to be an upgrade. I wasn't really for the signing, but we'll see how it plays out. He looks like he definitely still has more in the tank, although he looked a little bit rusty.
     
  22. Frans

    Frans New Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    why?
     
  23. iride_mybike

    iride_mybike Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    DFW
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Why was Gordon's stupid? Talley stood on his foot and when Gordon naturally shoved him off, Talley went down in a heap. If anything Talley should have been shown a red for stomping on Gordon's foot and then acting he Gordo shoved him off.
     
  24. Ludwig77

    Ludwig77 New Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While I agree...it's always the retaliation that get's punished. I know what it feels like to get your foot stomped on while wearing studs, (as I'm sure we all do), and if Gordon were smart, he's the one who would have collapsed in a heap and grabbed his foot and started rolling around in pain like it was the end of the world. Sadly that seems to be the type of behavior the refs respond to.
     
  25. The Cadaver

    The Cadaver It's very quiet here.

    Oct 24, 2000
    La Cañada, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It was the FIRST Gordon yellow card, for dissent, that showed a complete lack of discipline and set up his ejection for the Talley incident. That's what makes the red "stupid." He never should have been at risk of an ejection in the first place. And I don't care if he was "right" about the jostling in the box - deal with that like a pro, not a whiner.
     

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