Sigi and Galaxy back Together Again – Stops former Club (Seattle Sounders) Winning Streak

“I think whenever you change a manager the next game you either win or you play well so that’s how things happened today. But we’ve got a long way to go. It was fine for the players, but so far so good,” concluded the LA defender Ashley Cole.

LA Galaxy Head coach and manager Sigi Schmid

LA Galaxy Head coach and manager Sigi Schmid

LA Galaxy new boss, Head Coach Sigi Schmid, first day on the job resulted with his team ending former club, Seattle Sounders’, four games winning streak. The 90-minutes match ended with a 0-0 draw, with each side earning one point.

The new Galaxy boss and head coach had this to say after the game.

“Obviously, Seattle has won four in a row. The team, when you look at the goals allowed over the last four or five games, the only way we [LA] would stand a chance of being able to win the game was to stop Seattle. We did a good job defending. The game got open in the second half. On the same token, we had a couple of good chances. Our offensive will get better. I was happy with the effort and the fight that everyone put.”

When asked about his new team, he replied, “Right now we are still in the process of learning each other, so they are getting to know me and I am getting to know them.  With every game, you learn a little bit more so they understand a little of what I want in terms of defense and in terms of commitment.

It not so much defense as it is commitment to help each other out in that part of the field. I think our ball movement needs to get quicker and that will help our offense. I think we possess the ball and sometimes we connect passes. I don’t know what our passing accuracy was but it was decent. But it has to move quicker because we have players in [Giovani] Dos Santos], [Romain] Alessandrini, [Emmanuel] Boatang and even [Gyasi] Zardes who can take people on and beat people. The difference of a half-second and getting the ball to them and not to them is the difference of them being able to beat people or not, so that is the part I like.”

Gyasi Zardes who recently return from the US team in the Gold Cup had this to say about how it is to return playing on the Carson’s pitch again with his teammates.

“It felt like we were very alive. We had numerous opportunities. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. Just being back with this group it feels good after playing at the national team level. It felt like I gelled with my teammates pretty well. The link of play was good so I’m just going to keep working.”

Three days ago, Zardes was with the US soccer squad that defeated Jamaica 2 to 1 in the Gold Cup final to give the nation it’s sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole responding to the new managerial change. “I think whenever you change a manager the next game you either win or you play well, so that’s how things happened today. But we’ve got a long way to go. It was fine for the players, but so far so good,” he concluded.

Next up for LA: Away at Portland Timbers, Sunday, August 6 – 1pm PT at Providence Park, Portland, Oregon.

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