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“Embarrassed” in LA, thrilled in Manchester: Reactions to 7-0 beatdown

Jul 24, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

Jaime Penedo, Wayne Rooney AP

The Los Angeles Galaxy were absolutely trounced by Manchester United in California on Wednesday.

Clobbered, battered, dismantled: Pick your verbal poison when it comes to describing the 7-0 loss handed to the Galaxy by the Red Devils, or choose the word most said by Galaxy players.

“It’s embarrassing because we’re the LA Galaxy, and the scoreline doesn’t reflect how good of a team we are,” said Robbie Keane. “It certainly doesn’t.”

“I feel embarrassed,” Marcelo Sarvas said. “I can’t talk about the others, but I feel like that. Doesn’t matter who you’re playing, I think this is too much — seven — and here in Los Angeles.”

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The Galaxy were beaten early, and then often in the first match for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (as well as several players). Three Red Devils scored braces in van Gaal’s 3-5-2.


“It is fantastic how they have performed today,” van Gaal said. “When you see us train, you can expect something but not 7-0. It was a surprise, but they were beautiful goals and beautiful attacks.

“The result always matters. With such a result you get confidence. We introduced a new system and played twice on the training pitch, 11 v 11. It is not very much, but the boys are willing to pick up the information. Last week, 10 players who played tonight were not even at our training complex.

“When I see my team playing a new system, it is better to win 7-0 than to lose because the players will then doubt the system. But now I don’t have that problem.”

Danny Welbeck started the scoring in the 13th minute, and the Red Devils piled on with a pair from each of Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young.

Mistakes plagued the Galaxy. Welbeck hit a superb low strike but it came off an awful L.A. pass. Rooney scored a penalty kick off an AJ DeLaGarza handball. A butchered clearance of a low cross gave Rooney his second goal.

It was, no doubt, embarrassing for Los Angeles. And for the English crowd watching, it was neither indicative of the Galaxy nor Major League Soccer.

Bruce Arena was non-plussed.

“I think [it’s] a real lesson for a lot of players,” Arena said after suffering the worst defeat during his tenure in LA. “You talk a lot [during training and team meetings] about some of the things that happened tonight, but they rarely see it, and tonight, being on the field and getting punished for mistakes and really getting a lesson on speed of play. It was all out there for them.

“I think we can actually use this as a positive. Obviously, there’s a lot I wasn’t pleased with, but I think it’s a good lesson.”

source: APThe Galaxy can point to the late goals coming against L.A. Galaxy II players, but the fact remains that this was United’s first match in a long time. L.A. was supposed to be in midseason form, regardless of who they trotted out there.

And now Arena is forced with the task of taking what should’ve been a marquee event for the whole season, and turning it into something his players somehow ignore. But how to do you get over a seven-goal pounding by a ‘new’ elite squad in front of 86,000-plus?

  1. ecoy8342014 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    MLS is poop

  2. rupp246 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    MLS is “light years” away from the rest of the world. The only reason anyone watches it is because there is no other sports on.

  3. gregalthoff - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Matt Besler & Graham Zusi: By all means, tell yourself that MLS prepares you for elite international competition.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Bruce Arena? You mean the guy who trash talked Klinsman’s choices to the press? That gutless, brainless chimp just got a little bit of what he has coming to him.

  5. martysbetter - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Yep, keep coming home to play in an obviously rudimentary league USMNT players – why be mediocre amongst the best when you can be the best amongst the mediocre?

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Perfect example of how MLS struggles: speed of play. United pounced on mistakes and was generally faster at every spot. That will continue to impact ratings. I watch the Prem League and it’s much quicker and more fluid in action than MLS

    • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      that is a direct result of the talent difference in the leagues.

      I don’t get why people complain so much about the obvious ? Not bashing you, just all the negative comments on the MLS…come on guys, duh… give it time :)

  7. ukedad - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    EPL has done a great job preparing the English. Smh. C’mon no one believes a team whose entire payroll is less than the other teams best players salary is going to win. Pound for pound or dollar for dollar MLS provides a great product.

  8. 8to80texansblog - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Those new Man U jerseys are so horrid….

    And is Chevy pulling out of Europe anyway?

    • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Man U is a global brand but yeah, probably not the best $$$ spent in marketing. I believe the GM of GM was fired after making that deal.

      seeing as I am a USA Man U fan, I feel like I should get one. White kit that is, not the red. Red isn’t strong this year

      • lyleoross - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        GM owns Opel, and they are a global brand who have buyers in many countries, other than Europe, many of whom are also MU fans. They should have simply gone with the Chevy badge or a large GM, the Chevrolet was superfluous, and looks awful.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        correct but when you are throwing that much cash into an advertisement, I can’t blame GM for getting as much space as they can.

        good times…

      • 8to80texansblog - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        I’m a US based Man U fan as well, but I’m not a fan of these new kits….

        The Chevy logo makes it look like a NASCAR hood to me….

      • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        can’t blame you… but I really don’t mind the away / whites at all.

        I may throw down for a Shaw as it’s his first with Man U or maybe a Hummels / Vital / Di Maria 😉

      • lordfletcher - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        cough Vidal cough

  9. dfstell - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Pretty rough, but that was the result you’d expect. There isn’t a single Galaxy player who would even make the gameday bench for United. But, there also aren’t many players on Aston Villa or Sunderland who would make the gameday bench for United either.

    It’s just a difference of leagues. MLS is structured for parity. Some people like that. It means that almost every Galaxy starter would be able to find a place on almost any other team in the league. EPL is structured to allow the big teams to be great and so that most of the teams in the league have zero chance at the title. EPL can get away with this because there is such a mature soccer culture and infrastructure in England such that promotion/relegation can actually work, such that you can run two domestic Cup competitions, such that there are two continental competitions that people care about, etc. MLS just can’t do that. The lower leagues aren’t robust enough to do pro/rel. Interest in the US Open Cup is growing, but not very significant yet…..much less being such that we could run a second Cup, the CCL is treated in a love/hate manner by most of the MLS and Mexican clubs…..

  10. xsorethumbx - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I remember about 12 years ago when Man U first came to LA at the Coliseum and they were the ones that mailed it in. Funny how that switched. I saw the Spurs play the galaxy last year and it was evident that size and speed were lacking in Mls play. It appears the same is still true from last night. Glad I didn’t pay money to see that

  11. hacksaw99 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Yeah, Brazil is poop too.

    7-0 is pretty rough, but it’s a meaningless game full of mistakes. Who watches these games, anyway?

    • dws110 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      The 86,000 people in the stands were watching, and I think I’ll take van Gaal’s opinion “The result always matters” over yours “it’s a meaningless game”.

      No offense.

      • Sgc - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        People just like you argued the exact opposite the last time Man Utd lost one of these games to an MLS team.

      • dws110 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        @sgc – I have never been in favor of MLS teams playing a summer friendly. It’s nothing but a cash dispenser for the travelling team, and the MLS side is damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

        I’m a Sounders fan, I know exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a United beating. The summer friendly is worse than useless.

  12. mathias28 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    mls sucks, is like the only motivation is to beat mexico and no more. im sure a mexican club wouldnt eat a 7-0 for sure

    • granadafan - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Brazil sucks too. They lost by 6 goals. Right?

  13. talgrath - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    A lot of people are saying this is proof that MLS sucks, but that’s not really the case. First, let’s get this out of the way, Manchester United’s team salary absolutely dwarfs the Galaxy, by a lot; they spend more on some transfers than the Galaxy will pay to their entire team all year. Give an MLS team the sort of cash United spends on salaries and this might be a more even contest. Let’s also be honest on the MLS side of things, the Galaxy, despite all their spending, aren’t the same team they’ve been for the last few years competitively; yes the Galaxy are in a playoff position with games in hand, but they just aren’t the scary behemoth they once were in MLS, they don’t dismantle everyone and they don’t dominate. The last factor is simple, sometimes things just don’t go your way, sometimes you get thumped badly, it happens.

  14. granadafan - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I was at the game because I live close by and have always wanted to see ManU play, even if it was largely with the scrub players. The atmosphere was great with about 80% of the crowd supporting the Red Devils. The Galaxy supporters behind the net were lively and never stopped their chants. The talent and athletic level between the two clubs was obvious to even the lowest non-soccer fan. Much debate has been made about athletic ability versus development, however, it was blatant that we don’t have the best athletes playing soccer. The guys were beaten to every 50/50 ball, outjumped, and easily caught on the few runs they made. That was obvious on our national team as well. That’s just part of the problem is we want to compete at the next level, but the lack of athletes is clear.

    As for the game, it was like watching Brazil against Germany.

  15. lyleoross - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    The big lesson I learned from this is that Landon Donovan doesn’t just pout when he gets left off the US roster.

  16. lyleoross - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    So when did we judge an entire league by one game? Anyone who didn’t know that MLS doesn’t hold up to a top tier European squad before this game probably knows less about the sport than they thought they did.

    The MLS is transitioning from a tier three league to a tier two. If they stay on the path they are on, they will be chasing tier one leagues in ten years. We don’t watch MLS because it’s the only option around, we watch it because we love the sport, and it’s the best game in town. If you really think it’s that bad, go watch the Seattle Tottenham game. The sounders played a solid game, with crisp accurate ball movement.

    That said, I’m so happy that LA got punched. Only a New York punch out would have been more enjoyable.

  17. dopplegager - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Is this a surprise. This is the same team that lost to the Carolina Rail hawks for what? Three times in a row?

  18. homegrowntalentmn - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Usa has alot to improve on.. but hey soccer is our 4th major sport and we went to the round of 16 in world cup. Better then alot of other soccer counties… england cough* cough*

    • cralps - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      soccer’s not our 4th major sport. it’s not even our 10th. list all the sports in the United States that we play. Once you come up with that list, put soccer at the bottom. dead last. that’s where soccer is. it’s the world’s most boring sport and it’s not even close. and people in the United States know it – that’s why we make fun of losers who follow soccer. because you’d have to be a pathetic loser to follow a sport as boring and as un-American as soccer is! why don’t you try following REAL sports – good American sports like football, basketball, or baseball? Hockey isn’t so bad, either. NASCAR’s good. so’s golfing. hell, watching paint dry is better than watching a soccer game. Suck it, soccer fans – your sport is nothing but a joke in the U.S.! because that’s exactly what it is – a joke! LOL!

  19. mikeevergreen - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    A lot of people are going to get on Besler and Zusi for staying, but the simple mmatter is that the only teams that were offering on them get smashed regularly be United and City (Sunderland and Fuulham). At least at home they get paid well.

  20. mikeevergreen - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    United wouldn’t have beaten Sounders.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Things that’s been driving me nuts all day, reading comments: Yes, L.A. was HORRIBLE and United was good. But it’s also one game. No one’s debating that the Premier League is better than MLS. Last year, however, the Galaxy (with Gonzalez, but whatever) beat Juve 3-1. Juve went onto beat Italy and is arguably better than United. One game does not = undebatable facts.

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