This is not the LA Galaxy that you are used to seeing.
The Galaxy have taken a surprisingly different approach to fine-tuning their roster this offseason, electing to acquire and sign several proven veterans as opposed to building through younger players capable of contributing right away. The club not only landed MLS staples like Mike Magee, Dan Kennedy and Jeff Larentowicz this winter, but also brought over seasoned European-based players like Ashley Cole, Jelle Van Damme and, most recently, Nigel de Jong.
Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena made other interesting moves as well. He sold long-time servants Omar Gonzalez and Juninho to Liga MX teams in order to free up cap space and make changes to a star-studded squad that suffered an early exit in the 2015 playoffs.
Since beginning to make the string of eyebrow-raising moves, Arena and the rest of the Galaxy brass have stated and maintained that the club is going to be better this year than it was last season. That bringing in proven players like Kennedy and Cole will help to improve a roster that has championship aspirations and still includes the talented Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard and Gyasi Zardes.
Whether that holds true remains to be seen. Nonetheless, there are plenty of observers who have already grown skeptical of the Galaxy’s chances to win a sixth MLS Cup this year. Some believe the squad is too old and reliant on players who might struggle to make it through the arduous MLS campaign, whether that be because they are new to the league or injury prone.
Others, however, have only seen a very talented squad get better. Sure, the Galaxy may have lost key pieces in Gonzalez and Juninho, but they have also gained quite a bit of experience while also bringing on board MLS mainstays that can help carry the load during the dog days of the season.
Where do you stand on how the Galaxy will do this season? Will their talent lead to another MLS crown and plenty of success, or do you see the wheels falling off of this older squad and there being plenty of regret?
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