By Tim Peterson
(Carson) – The Galaxy dominated play from start to finish and shutout New York City FC 3-0 Saturday night in a preseason match at StubHub Center.
LA led 1-0 at halftime of the friendly and added two more in the second half including one in stoppage time. The Galaxy are almost completely revamped from last year’s squad having added eight new players to the roster and it all seemed to click in the victory.
The Galaxy played one group in the first half and then replaced them all with a different group in the second.
“I thought our first group played well. I was pleased with our ability to put pressure on New York. I thought we were able to keep them locked in,” said Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid. “I thought we were probably a little unfortunate not to get a couple more goals. But overall I was really pleased with the way we reacted defensively and I was pleased with our ball movement.”
The Galaxy opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Ola Kamara blasted one by NYC goalkeeper Brad Stuyer and into the back of the net. The shot was a rebound off of a kick by Romain Alessandrini that hit the top of the crossbar.
Emmanuel Boateng had a chance four minutes later but his attempt was wide right.
Late in the first half Giovani dos Santos had an opportunity to increase the lead but he shot it wide left.
The wholesale changes came in the second half as Schmid tried to get evaluations on all of his players. Tomas Hilliard -Arce headed one home in the 70th minute off a perfect pass by Baggio Husidic for a 2-0 lead.
One minute of additional time was added in the second half giving LA a chance at one more. Husidic took advantage as he found the back of the net on a rebound of an Alex Mendez shot to make the final score 3-0.
Sebastian Lletget, coming off serious foot injury that kept him sidelined for the entire season last year, played 37 minutes in the second half and looked good doing so. He was active throughout and created several opportunities.
“I thought he was good. I was tempted to leave him in for the whole half. I told him 20-30 minutes and we were already at 35 so I wanted to make sure my head didn’t get in the way of my heart,” Schmid said. “My heart says keep him out there because he was so close to 2 or 3 goals but I said I got to use my head. That’s what I told him when I pulled him out. But his progress has been great.”
The Galaxy improved to 1-1 in the preseason. The regular season starts March 4th at StubHub Center.