LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers, Wednesday 6/16/13 7:30 PM PDT StubHub Center, Carson CA. Time Warner Cable Sports

 

By Anthony Padilla

 

Last season, the LA Galaxy were consistent throughout. Consistently poor at the start, then consistently excellent once Robbie Keane returned from the Euros and Omar Gonzalez returned from his knee injury. Coach Bruce Arena and the players have talked repeatedly about not having an MLS Cup 2012 championship hangover like they had after MLS Cup 2011.

This season, they have a much different problem, one of inconsistency. Through national team call-ups, injuries, and the famous hiatus of one Landon Donovan, the Galaxy have had to rely on their bench liberally this season, with consequent mixed results. Stunning victories like away to Real Salt Lake and at home vs. Seattle Sounders has been followed by painful defeats. The Galaxy have been outscored 8-1 in the two games since beating Seattle. The 5-0 beat down by New England now stands as the worst loss in the LA Galaxy