Galaxy looks to continue winning under Dominic Kinnear – Press Enterprise
Dominic Kinnear didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the Galaxy for Sunday’s game.
Kinnear was assigned the interim coach job Thursday with the Galaxy’s game against Real Salt Lake set for Sunday.
“It was a quick turnaround,” Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget said. “It’s never easy seeing one of your head coaches or the coaching staff having to get let go, and obviously you as a player feel you played a part in that and you feel like you’ve let them down, but I guess a change was necessary and I understand what happened.”
The end result was a 2-1 win for the Galaxy, keeping its playoffs chances alive heading into Wednesday night’s clash with the Seattle Sounders (8 p.m., UniMas).
“Obviously, the victory is the most important thing and I’ll say when you come to the stadium, you want to walk out with three points and obviously we’ve done that tonight, so that’s the most important thing,,” Kinnear said following Sunday’s win. “I thought the ambition was good tonight, I thought we were tackling in good areas and if we weren’t tackling, we were sometimes fouling, which is OK. It’s a part of the game that you need to show the other team that it’s not going to be an easy evening.”
The Galaxy (5-9-7, 21 points, 1.05 PPG) is in a four-way fight for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Major League Soccer is using Points Per Game to decide the playoff order. Colorado (1.38) and San Jose (1.29) currently hold the seventh and eighth positions.
The max the Galaxy can reach is 1.22, that’s with two wins in the final two games of the regular season (Seattle and Vancouver). With Vancouver also in the hunt, sitting at 1.09, the Galaxy will need some help.
The Galaxy suffered a 3-1 loss to Seattle on Sept. 27. The Sounders were defeated 3-1 by Colorado on Sunday.
This will be a bigger test to see if the confidence that Kinnear has instilled will work again.
“Dom simplifies things very well and how he communicates them is very good,” Lletget said. “We were very patient, I thought. We were looking for triggers; we weren’t just running around like maniacs and unorganized.
“He (Kinnear) took the group really well. He’s only had two days to make some changes and incorporate his style of play, which isn’t a very long time … But I think we have hope … two games left, if we win all two, if things go our way, we could be in. And what more do you want as a player? You just need that little bit of hope.”
Dos Santos injured
Jonathan dos Santos left the field Sunday in the 60th minute with what appeared to be a severe hamstring or groin injury. Dos Santos was visibly upset and started the long, slow walk back toward the locker room.
On Tuesday, the club announced that he had suffered a left calf strain.