Following two straight 1-0 victories, Sigi Schmid decided that it was time to make changes to the back line.
Those defensive selections, however, did not pan out according to plan.
LA Galaxy Defensive Selections
Ashley Cole was back in the starting XI, as the captain at left back. Tomas Hilliard-Arce made just his second start of the of the season. Daniel Steres appeared in the lineup for the first time since the Galaxy last played FC Dallas on May 12th. As a result of those changes, Dave Romney and Michael Ciani sat on the bench.
If you recall, Romney was one of the best players on the pitch in the win over San Jose. He was also certainly tops among defenders in that regards.
Last time against Dallas, Steres got beat on more than one occasion down that left flank. That made the rest of the back line scramble. He did no better this time around. This time around, Dallas attacked that side of the pitch more.
Steres looked out of place more often than not. It is probably why Schmid sent on Ciani in the 58th minute.
The former Stanford Cardinal, Hilliard-Arce, put in an okay performance against Dallas. But you could definitely tell that he looked nervous at times. He made seven aerials, the most of anyone. One area in which he did struggle, though, was his tackling ability.
Hilliard-Arce missed his tackles twice. Both times were in dangerous positions too. If the 6′ 1″ center back, is going to improve, that tackles will be key moving forward.
Would that have been the case if Romney were playing center back or even right back? Romney does have more experience playing defense in this league. And against a side like FC Dallas, you need all the help you could get.
“The first thing I’m gonnna do is analyze to see if I made the right decision.” – Sigi Schmid on changing tonight’s line-up. #LAGalaxy— LASportsAccess (@LASportsAccess) May 31, 2018
Following the match, the Galaxy head coach said that he would reevaluate his decisions. But it’s pretty clear, the selections tonight were wrong.
That’s not to say that playing the same back four would have solved every issue on the field tonight. However, they played well enough, and this would have been a big test. The Galaxy may still have lost in the end, but why fix what ain’t broken?