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Meyer's says LA Galaxy debut was bittersweet

Tommy Meyer made his first MLS start for the LA Galaxy on the weekend and performed well despite his side losing 3-1 to Real Salt Lake.

The rookie defender slotted in at central defense alongside AJ DeLaGarza in his professional debut and even though the Galaxy conceded three goals in 12 minutes at the death, Meyer was satisfied with his individual performance.

He also said that head coach Bruce Arena simply expects the incoming young players to be up to the task whenever they are given an opportunity.

"It's nice to get the first game under my belt, but obviously the result isn't what we wanted," he said.

"He (Arena) expects everyone, no matter what, to be ready to play. Show up and play. Coming in as a rookie I know the concentration has to be a lot higher. I think I learned from a couple of games in the preseason where I made a couple mistakes.

"Coming in tonight I wanted to eliminate those."

He added: "It's definitely something I've been waiting for a long time. It's just nice to get it over with and it's a good experience.

"Obviously not the result I would have liked in the first game, but now you just move on."

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Andrew Slevison
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