The Galaxy struggles continue in losing to rival San Jose – Orange County Register

CARSON – The bad news continues to pour down on the Galaxy.

The Galaxy allowed a late goal in the first half, setting the tone for another long day at home, eventually leading to a 3-0 loss to San Jose in front of a crowd of 19,237 Sunday at StubHub Center.

The loss extends the Galaxy’s winless streak to 10 games (0-9-1) and also drops the club’s home record to 1-8-4.

“Like I said last week, if we didn’t have bad luck, we’d have no luck,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said.

Things started off wrong for the Galaxy even before the game began as midfielder Romain Alessandrini was forced to miss the game due to his girlfriend going into labor with the couple’s child.

Then came a 25th-minute apparent knee injury to Pele Van Anholt, a shot by Jonathan dos Santos that hit the crossbar and a late goal scored by San Jose’s Valeri Qazaishvili to give the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead at halftime.

“I was unhappy of taking the goal when we did,” Schmid said of the first-half. “I think 25 percent of our goals have occurred in the last 15 minutes of a half. This is two games in a row where we’ve taken three goals now, that’s just a lack of concentration, so we’ve got to improve that part of it.”

Things only got worse in the second half. The Galaxy thought it had earned a penalty kick in the 50th minute when Joao Pedro was fouled apparently inside the box. However, the foul was reviewed via the new Video Assistant Referee technology and ruled that the foul had occurred outside of the box leading to a free kick.

Six minutes later, defender Nathan Smith, who had entered the game as a sub for Van Anholt, picked up a straight red card for a tackle on Andres Imperiale, leaving the Galaxy a man down.

The Earthquakes took advantage, scoring a pair of late goals (Marcos Urena in the 80th minute and Chris Wondolowski in the 92nd) to seal the victory.

“There’s no chance that’s a red card,” defender Daniel Steres said of Smith’s foul. “I don’t know how they looked at that afterward and decided that was still a red card. I don’t know what they’re doing with this VAR, last week it obviously didn’t help us either. I saw (Joao) Pedro’s penalty call ….I’ll give it to them if he wants to say that he starting pulling him outside (the box), tried to let go once he got inside, but once again something not going our way.”

The loss leaves the Galaxy on 23 points and in 10th place in the Western Conference with nine games remaining. There…

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