In the Cali Clasico on Saturday night, the LA Galaxy fell to their rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes, by a score of 3-0 at Stanford University.
Here are three things we learned from this lopsided, in terms of goals scored, defeat.
Injuries, Gold Cup plague attack
Chris Pontius did not make the trip up north after picking up an injury in training during the week, while Uriel Antuna is still with the Mexican National Team.
Antuna would have been able to provide the much needed pace on the opposite wing that would have broken SJ down more.
With the lack of wing depth, one would have had to wonder what would happen should another get injured.
And that is exactly what happened: Sebastian Lletget had to be replaced by 17-year-old Efrain Alvarez shortly after the second half had kicked off.
After the match, it was reported that Lletget had probably been dealing with the injury for most of the first half. But having the injury prone Lletget off the pitch sooner, probably could have been an easier adjustment.
While Alvarez is an exciting young prospect, heading into a tense rivalry match cold off the bench is going to be no easy feat for anyone.
You could sense how badly the Galaxy need their heralded central midfielder, Jonathan Dos Santos in central midfield.
While Joe Corona had the game’s highest passing percentage completion on Saturday at 91%, according to whoscored.com, he finished the match with a paltry 6.1 rating.
None of his passes were really ever very threatening, using this aspect of the match to merely keep possession instead of breaking down San Jose. Corona was also dispossessed twice and committed two fouls, which makes a subpar performance slightly worse.
Meanwhile, Perry Kitchen did put up a slightly better showing against San Jose, especially in a more defensive midfield role. Kitchen was able to win a number of aerial duels and a couple of tackles too.
Where Kitchen suffered in this match, though, was with his passing ability … or lack thereof. Kitchen attempted 39 passes park and only managed to complete 31 of them, which slowed the Galaxy down offensively.
Araujo rounding into form
The California central coast native, Julian Araujo, is showing why he deserves more opportunities even when Rolf Feltscher returns from injury.
When taking a look at the stats from the Clasico, no Galaxy defender performed better on the night, while having a difficult task in defending the speedy Valeri Qazaishvili.
With each passing match, you can see that he learns from his previous errors, makes adjustments during the week, and puts them in play the next match.
At only 17, there is no telling how good this youngster is going to be down the road.
The LA Galaxy return home on Thursday, July 4th to take on Toronto FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.