The G’s need to make a statement this season.
This year will mark seven years since the LA Galaxy have been in, let alone won, an MLS Cup final.
This is a franchise that has been recognized around the globe for not only bringing in star talent but for exhibiting what it means to be a stand-out successful club in North American football. This has been evident by the number of titles and trophies they have attained through the years and the admixture of players, coaches, performances, and defining moments that have impacted the league in its entirety.
Fast-forward to 2021. As we still face the uncertainties of a global pandemic, the Galaxy are in the midst of yet another team rebuild. There have some positives this offseason, as the hire of Greg Vanney and the additions of the new coaching staff have been put in place to bring stability and the signings of young players that will look to bring youthful energy to the squad. The goalkeeper situation now appears to be set as Jonathan Bond and Jonathan Klinsmann are signed, but the roster is still incomplete for the time being. Important players such as Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan Dos Santos, and Chicharito still require the addition of more experienced talent to help the offense score goals.
The following two targets are what the Galaxy need to achieve at a minimum this season.
Create a Foundation
Given the number of staff and player changes, this will allow the Galaxy another opportunity to create a stable foundation that they can build off of for years to come. So far, they have hired an ideal coach to spearhead this project and added some young players who will have a chance to showcase their talent and can develop their skills to remain with the team for the future.
Additionally, the team still has room to onboard more players to the squad, and this brings some optimism band hopes that they will fill in the right pieces that are so desperately needed.
Make the Playoffs
For a club of this reputation, anything less is unacceptable. Period.
With the preseason scheduled to be in a few weeks, the Galaxy do not have much room for error. The once-feared franchise in the MLS has certainly lost a lot of their fear factor due to poor performances and lack of consistency over the past years. They cannot afford another terrible season.
Although supporters have been riding through the storm and want to give Vanney and the club some time and slack to get on their feet, there is just no time to waste.
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