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Frustrated Bruce Arena laments costly lack of experience

Apr 4, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

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Only Bruce Arena could say if there was a little something more behind his frustrated comments late last minutes to long after after watching his team unravel in 10 awful minutes against a Monterrey side that was there for the taking.

The Galaxy led by a goal but conceded twice in the final 10 minutes, and now find themselves dragging a heavy weight, a 2-1 deficit they will carry into Mexico for next week’s second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

What Arena said:

A little bit more experience, a little bit more quality, we win this game by a couple goals. But we end up losing.

“There are clear lessons for our team: the kind of concentration you need, the experience, the tactical understanding. So what if we don’t get the second goal? You win the game 1-0. That’s so obvious, and we didn’t do the job we needed to do. If we don’t concede, we walk away with a win tonight and position ourselves better to go into Monterrey. Now going into Monterrey is obviously going to be very difficult.”

You wonder if Arena was frustrated just because. Or …

Was he frustrated because the team is still essentially missing  two of its money men? The team has yet to replace David Beckham on the roster, whether that is Frank Lampard or someone else? This was always the danger as the club elected to wait until the summer transfer window (when there will surely be more movement and therefore greater options) to identify a willing third DP.

And then there’s Landon Donovan.

Donovan did come in after 63 minutes Tuesday. But he wasn’t around when the Galaxy had its first chances to go up 2-0.

Donovan admitted that Arena wasn’t exactly thrilled by his choice to go on four-month sabbatical. No sabbatical, and Donovan surely would have started and been far more a factor Tuesday.

  1. the0verheadwire - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Come on Steve, this is exactly what Landon was talking about in terms of a lack of respect for mental injury. Breaks that people would get for a hamstring pull or a leg apparently not acceptable when it comes to mental fatigue. Perhaps this country would be better off if we weren’t constantly pushing people over the edge towards mental instability. If Landon doesn’t get that break, who’s to say he’s even on the team and not retired by now. Sure seemed like he was going to take it one way or another, and as someone that is highly respected he got it. But I’m sure many other people aren’t getting that chance that perhaps need it, because mental illness or even mental fatigue is so stigmatized.

    Bruce Arena is right to lament lack of experience, but that is on him as well for not developing it. Can’t lay the blame on just on a couple of players that aren’t there.

  2. player169 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Slow clap at headwire. Well said…

  3. unclemosesgreen - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Bruce Arena – backhandedly admitting that without superior players, he can’t coach his way out of a paper sack. Nice timing slagging Jurgen right before the USMNT took 4 points in 2 matches, btw.

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