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LA Galaxy fall 3-2 at home to New York Red Bulls

April 28, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) celebrates with midfielder Alejandro Romero Gamarra (10) and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) his goal scored against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy went winless at home in April after falling 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Although the Galaxy scored more goals in this match than the rest of the month of April combined, it wasn’t enough to get past the Red Bulls.

The Galaxy conceded goals within the first seven minutes of each half, causing them to shift their game plan immediately after starting play. In the first half, Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer slotted a goal away in the 7th minute, and the home team was unable to respond until after halftime.

New York’s second-half substitute Florian Valot scored in the 49th minute of play after coming on for defender Aurelien Collin, giving the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead.

Galaxy forward Ola Kamara scored in the 59th minute off a through pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic that woke the crowd from its quiet frustration.

“I think he has a brilliant mind of course, so he’s going to make those passes,” Kamara said of teammate Ibrahimovic. “Of course he’s also working on the chemistry with all the guys and how we’re doing everything. I think the ball I got from him was magic. It’s easy for me to score that goal. I think we can expect more and more from him now.”

Just six minutes later, Giovani Dos Santos was able to tuck away a bouncing ball from a Ibrahimovic corner to tie the game at 2-2. From that point in the match onward, possession became sporadic as the pace of the game increased. Both sides were scrambling to earn their share of the points by putting goal attempts forward.

The Red Bulls were awarded a questionable penalty kick, which Alejandro Romero Gamarra put away. Fans and players asked about VAR technology reviewing this play, to no avail.

The match ended in a 3-2 loss for the LA Galaxy, and while some players discussed the frustration in officiating, others maintained a more positive outlook.

“I think we know we have very talented Players, so playing in the front with Zlatan [Ibrahimović], Ola [Kamara], Romain Alessandrini], we feel comfortable. I think we did a great job. We kept the ball, we created chances and it’s frustrating to lose three games in a row at home, but I am very confident on this team and we’ll get back.”

Goalkeeper David Bingham was less withheld in discussing his frustrations with the officiating. Before heading into the media scrum for interviews, Bingham joked with another Galaxy player about that player helping to cover the fines he was about to accrue for his comments regarding the officiating. 

“I think today was absolutely horrendous,” said Bingham.”You have [Ibrahimovic], who is a half yard onside. It hits Dave [Romney] square in the back, there’s a ball mark there. They say they review it, but who’s reviewing it? So you’re saying that three people missed it? The AR missed it, the center missed it and the VAR guy missed it? If that’s the case, then they shouldn’t ref another game this year because that’s just incompetence.”

Looking ahead, the LA Galaxy will travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo on Saturday May 5th at 5:30pm PT.

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