A Strong Case to be MLS Champions
What LAFC have done in this offseason is solidify their weakest links into what can hopefully be a championship caliber team. With signings like Franco Escobar, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Ilie Sanchez, Kellyn Acosta, John McCarty and quite possibly the biggest Maxime Crepeau. One glaring issue this whole offseason has been the hiring of Steve Cherundolo. Can he really control a locker room full of heavyweight egos like Vela, Rodriguez, and Arango? Another major storyline we have to follow is Carlos Vela and his health. Velas 2021 season was unproductive and the team had to adapt to his absence. An injury riddled season for Vela didn’t allow for him to do what he normally does. LAFC fans know with a healthy Vela they can practically compete for any competition.
Will There be Patience With the Program
We all know LAFC yearns to win MLS Cup and wants that elusive championship. However, the question is will the board of directors be patient with this new program. They gave former coach Bradley four years but ultimately he could not bring the MLS Cup back to Los Angeles. By now fans demand and expect great performances from the club, but do not know how the team will falter with Cherundolo at the head. Will he get the same leeway Bradley did or will his leash be much shorter. While it seems like everything is leaning towards patience with Cherundolo, one can only begin to imagine if he was the clear choice or a quick fix-it. As long as the team is looking competitive and getting wins regularly, there should be no need to falter into a second option or look for a replacement soon.