The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
Bruce Arena wasn’t happy with the level of play on Saturday night and David Beckham wasn’t happy that he didn’t get to play the full 90 minutes. The Galaxy Boss substituted Beckham at the halftime along with fellow midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in what Arena classified as a “coaches decision.”
“I couldn’t change 11 players. That’s what I told the team at half time. If I had 11 substitutions I would have considered that,” said Arena at his post game press conference. “Our first half was poor… Some bad communication cost us a couple goals and we were never sharp on any play in the first half.”
Understandably, David Beckham was rumored to be upset with the decision. But at this level of play it would be unlikely any player would consider it a positive to be replaced at the half. David Beckham left before reporters were able to ask any questions regarding the subject.
The 3-1 loss was the 2nd loss of the young campaign for the defending champions and their 3rd loss out of 4 games in all competitions. To say their form hasn’t hit stride would be an understatement. The 2011 Champions were known for their stingy defense and the ability to kill off close games. So far this year the Galaxy have given up 11 goals and have yet to solidify a replacement for the injured Omar Gonzalez.
With a disappointing start it shouldn’t be surprising that temperatures are running hot in the locker room. But any suggestions that there is a rift developing between Bruce Arena and David Beckham are completely overblown.
Ultimately it will come down to the results on the field. If this team can find its stride all of this talk will go away.
The Galaxy will next travel on the road and play against undefeated (4-0-0) Sporting Kansas City. Not exactly the game you want to solidify a playing style and start the climb up the table.