LA Galaxy star frustrated by defensive struggles

Robbie Rogers‘ debut season at left-back for the LA Galaxy saw him impress in 27 competitive starts throughout a successful 2014 MLS campaign.

The 27-year-old moved to left-back last July having previously played as a left-sided midfielder, but has come in for some criticism of late as he has been partially at fault for defensive errors so far this season for Galaxy, which has frustrated him.

“It’s just been a little weird. There’s little moments where I think my decision making hasn’t been as good as I want it,” Rogers said while speaking to after his training session at the StubHub Center yesterday.

“It’s been a little frustrating because it’s just little mistakes that make a big difference, and I’m not used to that many in a row like that. It’s a little disheartening.”

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Rogers cannot afford to dwell on this ‘issue’ as his LA side travel to Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend with the Galaxy currently sitting in fifth having won just one of their opening four games and Rogers admits he still has a lot to learn.

“I need to work on the offside thing, and I was better with that the next game,

“Working as a unit defensively and the spacing between guys, staying the [holding] line and covering for guys, and then picking my times to go forward, as well.

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“Sometimes I feel like I’m going forward too much, and sometimes not going forward enough, I still need to get better at that,” Rogers added.

It is no surprise that as a former left-sided midfielder, Rogers has the tendency to move forward and his defensive qualities will continue to grow as he learns from the mistakes he’s made.

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
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