Here are three things we learned from the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire:
Cohesion is building
Pieces are beginning to fall into place for the LA Galaxy, as center midfield duo Perry Kitchen and Jonathan Dos Santos are getting more comfortable playing together.
“It was only their third game really together and I thought the partnership was much better than last week,” head coach Sigi Schmid said of Dos Santos and Kitchen. “We wanted Perry to stay central more this week. He didn’t get caught defending on the flanks as much. Jonathan also played from a deeper position at times. The coordination between the two of them I thought was much better.”
Outside midfielders Romain Alessandrini and Sebastian Lletget are getting closer to full match fitness, giving the Galaxy an opportunity to get their offensive starting lineup field time together to continue to build cohesion. Still missing from the picture, however, is midfielder Giovani Dos Santos, who is continuing to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained on March 10th. The lineup will most likely undergo another change to include Giovani Dos Santos into the fold, but only time will tell how that will affect the team’s cohesion built so far.
The LA Galaxy earned their second clean sheet of the season in this game, with their first being their 0-0 draw on March 24th in Vancouver. Consistency is still a struggle for this squad, as they had given up six goals in the two games prior to earning their clean sheet in Chicago. While it’s hard to suggest a pattern after only two games, it is important to note that both of the team’s clean sheets happened on the road. The StubHub Center used to be considered a fortress for the LA Galaxy, but it’s pretty safe to say that that’s no longer the case for this team.
Zlatan the poet
Post game interviews have gotten much more entertaining for fans since Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the LA Galaxy. It has quickly become a tradition for Ibrahimovic to make a comment that summarizes the game in a way that only he can.
“We come with the sun, they come with the wind. But the sun was stronger today so we’re happy,” Ibrahimovic said of the windy match in Chicago.
Several players mentioned that the game’s windy conditions were probably the worst of their careers, but Zlatan was the only one to give poetic insight on his team’s victory.