The LA Galaxy suffered another frustrating defeat as the Vancouver Whitecaps were able to turn around a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. Romain Alessandrini scored both Los Angeles goals but defensive miscues and poor tackling ultimately cost the Galaxy.
Clement Diop allowed four goals in the match and essentially blamed himself for the loss as he told Adam Serrano of LA Galaxy:
“I’m going for the ball. Usually, the ball keeps going through, but the ball bounced back to the player. It’s on me. I take the blame on the first goal. This is on me and no one else. The guys scored two goals. I should’ve done a better job tonight. There is no one else, no coaches, no one. This is all on me. I can’t concede four goals.”
A visibly distraught Diop continued to be hard on himself but is cautiously optimistic about learning from the match:
“There is nothing to forget; I need to learn from it. That’s it,” Diop said. “Tonight’s on me. The team backed me up and got the lead, 2-1. I was not able to keep the score at 2-1 so the guys did their job and I didn’t do mine.”
It is commendable that the 23-year-old goalkeeper is shouldering the loss, but the reality is his defense and midfield made some uncharacteristic errors that put him in a bad position. After all, Diop made five goal-scoring saves but some of his deflections landed in front of the opposition.
For the season, Diop is in the top-ten in saves (11) in three games, but he has allowed six goals for the campaign. The four goals do not help, but it is not likely he will concede that many goals again. With starting keeper Brian Row back to full fitness, it will be interesting to see what head coach Curt Onalfo does.