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Los Angeles Galaxy: opening 2012 in a great big funk

CONCACAF Champions League - Toronto FC v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CA - MARCH 14: Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and A.J. DeLaGarza #20 hang their heads as they walk off the field following their 2-1 defeat to Toronto FC during a CONCACAF Champions League game at The Home Depot Center on March 14, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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The Galaxy’s evil twin just keeps showing up at the Home Depot Center.

There they were again last night – looks so grossly different than the Galaxy’s better half, which regularly smothered teams defensively en route to a 2011 MLS Cup crown.

This time it was New England, manufacturing something special for first-year coach Jay Heaps in a 3-1 win outside Los Angeles. The Revs got behind Los Angeles’ disheveled defense with stunning regularity, making the home team pay with a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes.

Holy transformation! Bruce Arena’s Galaxy had a week off to get ready for this?

Los Angeles goalkeeper Josh Saunders did well to keep a couple more out, too.

David Beckham was among two halftime substitutions from Arena, citing the old bitty about how he couldn’t “change out all 11” so he had to pick a couple.

Here’s a good account from ESPN Los Angeles, including some biting words from Robbie Keane, supplier of his team’s only goal Saturday.

“We did the exact same thing we’ve been doing the first three games, conceding sloppy goals. Every goal we’ve conceded so far has been very, very similar. It’s stuff you do when you’re a kid defending. We didn’t do it properly tonight. We have only ourselves to blame. We can’t point the finger at anyone else but ourselves. [We need] everyone to pick their heads up and be a man and get on with it.”

Take a look at the MLS standings this morning. That’s the Galaxy at the very bottom of the West, alongside Chivas USA, both with 1-2-0 records. Watch the NBC Sports Network highlights here:

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