GALAXY: Carlos Ruiz says L.A. 'in trouble'

May, 9, 2011
5/09/11
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Everybody seems to have something to say about the Galaxy.

New York Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers ripped into Landon Donovan, telling the New York Post the L.A. captain's antics in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Home Depot Center made him “an [expletive] jerk” who “needs to be a bit more humble.” Among other things.




And Philadelphia Union forward Carlos Ruiz, who led the Galaxy to the 2002 MLS Cup title at the start of the first of his two stints with the club, weighs in that L.A. just isn't very good.

It's bulletin-board material in advance of Wednesday's game in Chester, Pa., between the Galaxy (4-2-4) and Union (4-1-1), no more and no less.

“The Galaxy have great players that can make a difference, I have no doubt about that,” Ruiz told Major League Soccer's website. “But when they play as a team, they have a lot of mistakes. … From my point of view, L.A. Galaxy is in trouble right now.”

Trouble, like how? Oh, because they're playing Philly.

"They’ve played more games than any other team," he continued. "They are going to come here and try to do something about it, but we are in a better position than them. We’re going to try to play smart this game so we can [overtake New York and] be in first place in the East.”

The Galaxy beat Philadelphia 5 weeks ago at Home Depot Center, with Leonardo heading home a David Beckham free kick for the lone goal, and Ruiz said he was not impressed.

The Galaxy, he charged, aren't “good like everyone thinks,” said they “don’t do anything spectacular,” and noted that in the first meeting “we didn’t play good against them, and they also didn’t play good. … We’re going to try to do better things this game.”

The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PDT. Fox Sports West will televise.

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