What does the future hold for the LA Galaxy?
The Los Angeles Galaxy are about to embark on a season that is just as important as the first season in the MLS. Season 26 for the league is expected to open on April 18th in Miami against Inter Miami FC, owned by a group led by David Beckham. Beckham, the world soccer legend, played for the LA Galaxy from 2007 through the 2012 season, winning the MLS Cup with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Beckham left the Galaxy after the game and season was officially over. The Galaxy are coming off one of arguably their worst seasons in team history, finishing 10 in the West, only amounting to 6 wins while allowing a staggering 46 goals in all league games, which was the second highest behind San Jose. To say that the defense was horrible, is an understatement, but what hurts more is losing team leader for goals and assist with Christian Pavon going back to Argentina.
The Galaxy brought in Greg Vanney after firing Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Vanney, a former Galaxy player, coached in Toronto and brought success to the team and came into the league in 2007. Vanney brought the team 112 wins in 250 games, winning the MLS Cup along with being named MLS and CONCACAF coach of the year. The Galaxy have brought in Vanney to rebuild the team much like he did with Toronto, and he has already started addressing the needs of the team. The Galaxy have signed USMNT veteran defender Jorge Villafana from Portland, Defender Oniel Fisher, and Carlos Harvey. They have also signed players from Europe in defender Derrick Williams, Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond and winger Samuel Grandsir. With these signings, Vanney has already said that they want to sign at least 4-6 more players including a midfielder that will allow club captain Jonathan Dos Santos to move into more of a free roaming midfielder to use his passing and shooting.