Rocky StartBy: DAS | March 14th, 2012
I miss Nathan’s post-game summaries. Not my strong suit. But I did want to get something up before tonight’s game.
Last week in Toronto was a shaky start. Obviously giving up two goals in 20 minutes is bad news. But for a team that really just came together it doesn’t worry me. Magee was once again our hero and Buddle turned on the tap again, so we come out of there in good shape. Only needing a 1-1 tie or better at home is a pretty good position to be in.
I had hoped Arena would rest a number of starters last weekend. Apparently in retrospect he wishes he had too. I know it was opening weekend against one of our greatest rivals, but so what? The RSL game really didn’t matter much in the scheme of things. I think the priority this year has to be winning the CCL. And while it should not be too terribly tough to hold Toronto to a 1-1 draw tonight, I would have rested key players so as not to make it tougher. As it turns out, playing the starters didn’t help much anyway.
I didn’t think the Galaxy played all that poorly on Saturday. There were a couple of shots off the cross-bar and RSL’s third goal came only once we dropped to a three man back line. Again, under the circumstances, doesn’t mean much to me.
But tonight is big. Tonight is important. We must advance. The Galaxy have already established themselves as the best team in MLS. A repeat would solidify that. But it is time to look to a larger stage, to try to make a mark for all of MLS. A win in the CCL means a place at the Club World Cup. And that’s a level of success and exposure no MLS team has ever achieved.
I’m not worried. But I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.