No David Beckham, No Landon Donovan, No Problem for Los Angeles Galaxy

By Phil Naegely
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of Major League Soccer’s 2013 season kicked off last weekend. The Los Angeles Galaxy started their 2013 season the same way they ended the 2012 season: with a win. While the result was the same, the roster has changed a tad.

Two of MLS’ popular faces Landon Donovan and David Beckham were not in a Galaxy Uniform Sunday. Donovan is currently on a hiatus, and will be rejoining the Galaxy sometime late march, and will be back in the starting XI come mid-April. Beckham now plays for PSG.

Even without those two, Los Angeles had no problem beating the Chicago Fire. Mike Magee stepped up big for the Galaxy, and found the net three times. Today for his efforts he was named MLS Player of the Week. He was also only the fourth MLS player with an opening weekend hat trick.

Newly Named captain Robbie Keane played like a captain as well and looked like a true leader on the field.

Magee showed that the absences of Beckham and Donovan will be no issue for the Galaxy. They came out strong in their opening game, and I don’t see that changing the rest of the season. I only see them getting even more dangerous once Donovan finds himself back in LA.

If they play like they did on Sunday for the rest of the season, the Galaxy is destined to win a third-straight MLS Cup. Magee just looked really good, and the Galaxy midfield seemed to win every 50-50 ball or loose ball in the midsection of the field.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.

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