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    Galaxy wraps up season with loss against FC Dallas
    • October 22, 2023

    CARSON — The final chapter of the 2023 season was written Saturday night for the Galaxy.

    It’s a book that they would soon like to burn.

    FC Dallas (11-10-13, 46 points) scored three goals inside the first 30 minutes and never looked back, sending the Galaxy (8-14-12, 36 points) to another ugly loss, ending 4-1 in front of 22,491 in the regular-season finale.

    “There were a lot of emotions today,” Galaxy coach Greg Vanney said. “It’s been a challenging year, it’s been a grind. We had a lot of guys sacrifice physically for the course of the season.

    “We wanted to be successful, they sacrificed. We try to stay as healthy as we could, they battled and did the best they could, but down the stretch we didn’t have enough. I wasn’t able to connect the new pieces and I will probably beat myself up for that.”

    The Galaxy, who has struggled to keep opponents off of the scoreboard, tied their club record for most goals allowed on the season (67). That mark was previously set in 2017. That team finished in last place in the Western Conference.

    The Galaxy closed the regular season with a streak of nine consecutive games allowing at least two goals.

    Raheem Edwards scored the only goal of the game for the Galaxy.

    “I’ve never seen a season like this with so many season-ending injuries,” Vanney said. “I hope we never duplicate this again.”

    Riqui Puig came on as a second-half substitute, for his first appearance after suffering an ankle injury.

    “This can’t happen again,” Galaxy defender Raheem Edwards said. “We didn’t do our job this season.”

    The Galaxy started the 2023 season on the road against FC Dallas and suffered a 3-1 loss, so it seemed somewhat fitting, especially how this season has gone that things ended in the same fashion, but this time on Fan Appreciation Day at home.

    “Last year, coming out of the playoffs and into this season, we felt like we had a core group and then for various reasons, between guys personal reasons, injuries, fines, then the group gets to be a little bit picked at, much more than we had anticipated,” Vanney said. “I think we have a lot of information on the players that we have and how pieces fit together and now it’s going to be really pointed in terms of who we add and what are the dynamics or the types of players quality that we really need to take our group to another level.

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    “One thing in our league, is that your best players need to be your best players and the best players need to be on the field. If you do that, you give yourself a good chance and you’re a lot less vulnerable to a season like this. You can’t always predict everything, but you want to do the best you can and make sure that’s consistent.”

    FC Dallas’ win clinched seventh place in the conference and a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs.

    For the Galaxy, the club still hasn’t made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2015-16.

    “We never had any continuity on the backline,” Vanney said. “As a former center back, that’s your foundation. We conceded too many goals.”

    ​ Orange County Register