GALAXY IS OUT OF EXCUSES SAMPSON LIKES TEAM'S FOCUS.
CARSON - The Galaxy, coming off one of its most disappointing performances of the season, takes on FC Dallas tonight at the Cotton Bowl in a matchup of the Western Conference's top two teams.
Both teams were beaten in their previous games. Dallas lost 2-0 at Chicago while Los Angeles was shut out in Denver by the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Wednesday in a game Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said he found difficult to take.
The Galaxy had a two-man advantage for the final 30 minutes and held a 20-4 edge in shots, but still failed to score.
``No matter what excuses you can come up with,'' Sampson said, ``no excuse was good enough when you're playing against nine men to not come away with at least a tie. No one was talking about (Rapids goaltender) Joe Canon and the saves he made, or how they were packing it in in the back. I heard none of that.
``The emphasis was we should have found ways to get a result in that match, and everybody was taking responsibility for that. And that's a very positive thing.''
The Galaxy (7-3-2, 23 points) takes on a Dallas team (7-2-3, 24 points) without two of its best players. Former Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz, who leads Major League Soccer in goals scored with seven, is out after suffering a sprained ankle in the loss to the Fire. Eddie Johnson also won't play because of a toe/stress-related injury. The Galaxy will be without midfielder Guillermo Ramirez, who has a sprained ligament in his left knee.
Sampson said the absence of Ruiz and Johnson won't affect his team's strategy tonight.
``I don't think they'll change their approach, and we won't change ours,'' he said. ``We know they're still a very potent and dangerous team, even without those two. I firmly believe we can get a result no matter who they put on the field.''
If anyone is thinking the Galaxy is wallowing in its collective misery after the loss to the Rapids, Sampson said think again.
``I think the determination is even greater than what it was before,'' he said. ``Obviously the guys are very frustrated from the match in Colorado, but they're looking to redeem themselves. I think you will see a team give a maximum effort because they want to come back in first place.''
Larry Morgan, (626) 962-8811
GALAXY at FC DALLAS
- Larry Morgan
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jun 18, 2005|
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