LA GALAXY OFF TO A ROCKY START AS A RESULT OF POOR SQUAD DEPTH

Major League Soccer big boys, LA Galaxy have had their worst start for 16 years after losing their opening two fixtures of the 2017 season.

This is also the first time in the side’s MLS franchise history where they have failed to pick up points from their first two home fixtures. 

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Giovani dos Santos in action for LA Galaxy.

Galaxy’s first defeat came against last season’s Supporters’ Shield winners, FC Dallas after Maximiliano Urruti and Kellyn Acosta both scored against the home side.

The side’s second game saw them manage just two shots on target as Portland Timbers’ Diego Chará continued to put Galaxy fans in misery after just eight minutes of play.

Injuries and suspension have played a major part in Galaxy’s poor performances as their squad depth was tested.

Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee suspended Galaxy’s duo of Jermaine Jones and Dave Romney for Sunday’s game against Timbers.

Jones was ruled out for a reckless challenge on Dallas forward Cristian Colman whereas Romney was caught diving in order to win a penalty which teammate, Giovani dos Santos converted.

The pair were also fined a fee of $250 for their bad sportsmanship.

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LA Galaxy failed to beat Portland Timbers.

Fullbacks, Ashley Cole and Robbie Rogers both missed out on Sunday’s defeat against Timbers as well as talented forward, Gyasi Zardes also not featuring for the home side.

Things could be getting worse for Galaxy after dos Santos was taken off at half time against Portland with a right leg injury.

Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo spoke about the Mexican after the game saying: “Gio has a slight strain to his hamstring or just tightness.

“We’ll know more tomorrow, but he couldn’t go in the second half, so we had to make that change.”

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Injury and suspensions have caused problems for LA Galaxy.

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