Los Angeles Galaxy Play Worst Football of Season, Lose To Real Salt Lake

For the first few months, the Los Angeles Galaxy established themselves as the top team in Major League Soccer this season.

But Real Salt Lake reminded the Galaxy and the rest of the league who the defending MLS Cup champions are.

Bruce Arena's Galaxy fell 1-0 to Jason Kreis's Real Salt Lake at Sandy's Rio Tinto Stadium in a match interrupted by lightning.

Wait a second. Did they actually watch their unbeaten streak end before that media circus of footballing haves and have-nots known as the FIFA World Cup ever got underway?

Regretfully, yes. And while they are still the top team in the league, this was not the best time for the Los Angeles Galaxy to have the wheels fall off and momentum sapped.

It was timing of the worst kind.

For the Galaxy, it was an unforgivable display of poor football exacerbated by a few factors: too much direct football by Juninho, the inability to cope with the altitude—which resulted in...

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