Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Saturday takeaways: What we learned from Week 4’s MLS action

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Saturday’s MLS Week 4 action saw an LA Galaxy team that continues to grab our attention for all the right reasons and we also got a good look at the true potential of two Eastern Conference contenders as they went head to head.

New Chicharito, new LA Galaxy

The standout moment from Chicharito’s performance wasn’t his very well taken goal or clever assist, it was in the 94th minute when he chased down an LAFC defender by the corner flag and applied pressure to prevent the clearance.

By that point, he was gassed, had heavy legs, and had already earned his paycheck. It was indicative of not only the new and improved Chicharito, but the new and improved LA Galaxy as well. Only time will tell how good of a job Greg Vanney will do but they already look and feel different than they have in recent years.

There is a commitment, resilience and belief that have been lacking since Bruce Arena walked out of the door. Sure, there were some amazing highs during the Zlatan era but as a team, they were still very poor. While they still need a defensive lynchpin, the signs of improvement are encouraging.

After last week’s defeat in Seattle . . .

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