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Young Galaxy suffers growing pains in first half of MLS season

Young Galaxy suffers growing pains in first half of MLS season

To say the first half of the MLS season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Galaxy is obvious. And a bit misleading.

Obvious because the team didn’t set out to have a losing record and be three points out of a playoff spot heading into the league’s two-week Gold Cup break. But misleading because parts of the team’s blueprint for the season have gone largely as planned.

The Galaxy wanted to get younger and they have, with nearly half the team’s starting spots in the first 18 games going to players 25 or younger. They wanted to build out their roster with graduates of their development system and they’ve done that, too, with homegrown players and products of the Galaxy’s...

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