The official LA Galaxy Twitter account roused the ire of their own supporters with a tweet after during their 4-0 defeat by Santos Laguna that seemed to make light of the team’s on-pitch performance.
The @LAGalaxy account tweeted “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” after the fourth goal went in, and fans were incensed. The account later apologised to the LA Riot Squad and the AC Brigade, the Galaxy’s two main supporters’ groups.
The LA Galaxy have assembled an all-star team in their bid to win a sixth MLS title this year – but head coach Bruce Arena afterwards said he “didn’t see any superstars on our team today” after their 4-0 defeat.
Argentinian striker Martin Bravo scored twice as los guerreros went four up within the hour at Estadio Corona on Tuesday night, easing into the Concacaf Champions League semi-finals 4-0 on aggregate after last week’s 0-0 draw in Carson. Arena’s Galaxy were well beaten.
“Clearly, Santos was the better team today,” Arena said after the game. “They started in an aggressive fashion, were technically better than us and fitter. At this time of the year, they’re just a better team than we are.”
Arena said that Liga MX “is ahead of MLS at this point in time” but that the US league is “closing the gap.” Galaxy open their season at home against DC United on Sunday.
Ulises Davila scored in the 23rd minute and Djaniny Tavares, from Cape Verde, in the 36th, also scored for Santos, who will face the winner of the quarter-final between Club America and Seattle.
DC United coach Ben Olsen told his team to learn from their quarter-final exit – despite a creditable 1-1 draw against Queretaro in the second leg at RFK Stadium.
Angel Sepulveda scored early for Queretaro, and though rookie Julian Buescher equalised with his first professional goal in just his second match, DC went out 3-1 on aggregate.
After the game, Olsen said that the continental club championship was not an unwanted distraction.
“These experiences are great,” Olsen said. “Taking a team down to Mexico and playing in Concacaf, coming back here, going through the aggregate system … you know, it’s all experiences, and that’s how we learn.”
Tiago Volpi made nine saves for Queretaro, including a stop of Chris Rolfe’s penalty early in the second half.
DC United needed to score four after Queretaro took the lead with Sepulveda’s fourth-minute strike. Between competition in Concacaf and the MLS playoffs, DC have now lost five consecutive two-game, total-goals series, going back to 2012.
“A real takeaway of this series is, again, when you get yourself in these holes, it’s tough to get out,” Olsen said. “Three minutes in, and all of the sudden game’s over, just like that.”
Buescher came on as a 74th-minute substitute and scored 10 minutes later on a 30-yard, right-footed strike that sailed beyond Volpi’s dive and into the top corner.
“Ben told me in practice I have to shoot every day,” Buescher said of his coach. “I saw free space and I just had my shot and got lucky.”
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 15.02 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010