Bruce Arena Reflects on Another Game without a Victory

LA Galaxy made it six games without a victory after only managing a 0-0 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps.

The team has not managed a victory since the 2-1 success over Portland Timbers towards the end of July. After more than a month without a victory, pressure has been increasing on manager Bruce Arena. Despite possessing players like Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, the team has been unable to make any impact in terms of attacking play. One of the major struggles for LA Galaxy has been scoring goals, as they have managed only four in the last five games.

Thankfully, the form of the teams in and around them has also been equally poor. As a result, LA Galaxy are still fourth in the table and only three points behind Real Salt Lake, who occupy the final play-off spot. Only the top two teams qualify for the play-off rounds and LA Galaxy are almost expected to be in this position as one of the top clubs in the MLS over the last decade. Further, Arena is one of the experienced managers in the MLS and also the most successful as well. The sudden availability of Sigi Schmid could force LA Galaxy into thinking that they may very well replace Arena and get another top manager on-board.

“It’s not frustrating. One-point game. That’s what I take from it. It’s not frustrating. Our guys gave a good effort. The played a good second half I thought. We came close a couple times. That’s the tactical plan for every team to come in here pretty much. We’ve seen that now… probably since May or April. They’re very organized, they press us when we have goal kicks. They drop 10 players back in possession and look to counter and they almost got a goal off of our corner kick early in the game,” said Arena.