After the LA Galaxy lost 4-0 to Toronto FC at home at the StubHub! Center in Carson, CA on Saturday night, a deflated Sigi Schmid faced the media in the routine post game press conference. What wasn’t entirely routine was his brevity and demeanor; Schmid looked physically and mentally exhausted from the night’s events.
In the four question press conference, Schmid’s frustration with the current situation shone through. For example:
When asked about what he’s learned about the roster since taking over:
Schmid: “I’ve learned a lot of things. They’re for me.”
When asked about the offensive struggles in the game:
Schmid: “We weren’t good enough.”
The conference ended as abruptly as it started, and it was onto the player interview portion of the evening.
In the normal run of things, the Galaxy’s locker room is open for media immediately after the coach’s interview. However, after waiting a few minutes in front of the closed locker room, the media group was walked down the hall, away from the locker room, because Schmid was holding a team meeting that he didn’t want the media to listen in on. Media was allowed into the locker room about 15 minutes later for player interviews.
During the interviews, goalkeeper Jon Kempin and and defender Dave Romney were both asked what the super secret team meeting consisted of and both answered with the same message: Schmid was confirming that the players are now playing for their jobs.
The locker room wasn't the only place where the frustration was palpable after the game. In the stands, the Angel City Brigade supporters section continued cheering for the Galaxy long after the final whistle, refusing to leave until they could speak to a team representative. Eventually the local sheriffs were called to address the situation, but before the group was escorted out, forward Romain Alessandrini, who was suspended for this game due to yellow card accumulation, visited the group to listen to their concerns. At the time of this article, no official statement from ACB has been issued regarding the exact motive behind this “cheer-in” of sorts, but one could easily assume the result against Toronto played a role in the decision.
Looking ahead, the Galaxy are not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention quite yet, but with a strenuous schedule against tough teams, it is looking more unlikely as each game rolls on. From here on, players should be motivated by the fact they they are essentially vying for a spot on the roster for the next season, and ultimately, proving their worth to the organization and fans.