GALAXY IS OUT OF EXCUSES SAMPSON LIKES TEAM'S FOCUS.Byline: Larry Morgan Staff Writer
CARSON - The Galaxy, coming off one of its most disappointing performances of the season, takes on FC Dallas FC Dallas is a professional soccer (football) club based in Frisco, Texas, that participates in Major League Soccer. The club was known as the Dallas Burn from 1996 to 2004. The initials "FC" stand for Football Club. 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 Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. was shut out in Denver by the Colorado Rapids The Colorado Rapids are a soccer club based in Commerce City, Colorado that participates in Major League Soccer. The club was founded in 1995. The team colors are burgundy and sky blue with the home jerseys being burgundy. The away jerseys are sky blue with burgundy trim. 1-0 on Wednesday in a game Galaxy coach Steve Sampson Steve Sampson (born January 19, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a soccer coach and the former head coach of the United States men's national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. 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 A sprained ankle, also known as a ankle sprain, ankle injury or ankle ligament injury, is a common medical condition where one or more of the ligaments of the ankle is torn or partially torn. 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
In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). Guillermo Ramirez, who has a sprained ligament ligament (lĭg`əmənt), strong band of white fibrous connective tissue that joins bones to other bones or to cartilage in the joint areas. The bundles of collagenous fibers that form ligaments tend to be pliable but not elastic. 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 frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: 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.''
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- Larry Morgan