And just like that, the Los Angeles Galaxy have booked their place in the post season again. Were you worried? I was…
I was worried at the beginning of the season when all of our talent was going to waste – we looked uninspired, bored, timid and were leaking goals like crazy. We finally got most of that sorted out (thank goodness for Omar Gonzales) and have really turned things around. From worst to, well, nipping at the heals of first.
But, there were moments in last night’s game where we were starting to look like the team from the beginning of the season again. We started off great. A wonderfully placed Juninho free kick, a thunderbolt also from Juninho, and a well worked team goal that led to Robbie Keane slotting home. 3 unanswered goals… and then we switched off a bit and let them score one. Then in the second half we couldn’t seem to get the end product to return to that two goal cushion. We had lots of creativity, lots of chances, but none of them were finding the back of the net. The Toronto scored again…
I’ll admit it. I was nervous. Though Toronto never looked like scoring the equalizing goal, they never looked like they had any goals in them yesterday and somehow had managed to slot 2 home. Why not a third? Robbie Keane’s brilliance in slotting home his second of the night with a well worked move in the box and then a powerful shot driven past the Toronto Keeper settled it all.
So, is this a sign of what is to come in the post season? We may let in some goals, we may find ourselves riding the edges of our coaches as nerves settle in, but in the end our class and talent will show through… Do we have a shot at repeating?
I’ve always said the Supportors Shield is the only trophy I care about – the team with the best record at the end of the season. But, if we win the cup again this year, hypocritically, I’ll be celebrating as if that’s the one that matters the most. Hey, silverware is silverware.
Come on Galaxy!