Five Reasons Why LA Galaxy Can Retain the MLS Cup
Reasons why LA Galaxy can retain their MLS Cup title
Having won the previous two MLS Cups, most recently in November 2012, the LA Galaxy are now set to defend American Soccer's biggest title in the hopes of winning it for the third consecutive time. With various players having left, including David Beckham and Edison Buddle, there may be doubts over just how strong they are. But maybe some shouldn't be so sure to suggest the drop in their quality.
The LA Galaxy aren't too far ahead of anyone, but they're on the brink of quickly becoming one of the most dominant sides in the modern era, with the squad again looking solid from back to front.
There is always something to build on and to add to, but that solid foundation is clearly there with the likes of Omar Gonzalez, the MLS Cup Final's MVP and the MLS's Golden Boot winner last year and Robbie Keane giving a clear stand out array of players from the majority of the League's talents.
But there's something else with the Galaxy that could prove very beneficial come the end of 2013 with the reputation of the club growing worldwide and fast. Check out just what that is, among four other reasons for just what factors can enable LA Galaxy to retain the MLS Cup in 2013 as a long but hopefully enjoyable campaign really kicks on, following Bruce Arena's side's 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire - who in himself is a strong reason for their potential success this season, with his trophy littered career to date.
The Galaxy have a tough task ahead and with two titles under their belt consecutively, it may be easy for the squad to think they have made it already. But with a squad sprinkled with experienced players and seasoned veterans, there is a strong sense of maturity. With the likes of Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and new addition Carlo Cudicini (pictured), there are plenty of players who have played at major tournaments at both international and club level during their careers.
More so, there is a strong sense of continuity within the squad as the majority have stuck about for the past two seasons and know what it takes to win, then retain the MLS Cup.
Also, don't forget the experience of success in the MLS from coach Bruce Arena, who has four MLS Cups to his name now.
Personally, the Galaxy have one of the most dangerous selection of forwards around. From the pacey and creative Landon Donovan to the MLS' top goal scorer last season, the cool Irish finisher Robbie Keane (pictured), they possess a front line that any defense is likely to fear. Plus, the alternatives of Mike Magee and Chandler Hoffman could create quite a potent side, whatever the line-up.
Many a side that has achieved greatness in the past has spoken of their regret to continue that momentum into the following year and to dismiss any thoughts of having made it. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson about his 1999 Manchester United squad. But the LA Galaxy appear to have done their best in an attempt to strengthen their squad, despite having lost quality in the likes of David Beckham.
With the already mentioned Carlo Cudicini, they have a solid new goalkeeper from the English Premier League and they've also added 24-year-old Brazillian midfielder Juninho as well as winger Colin Clark and the dangerous forward Chandler Hoffman (Pictured) from Philadelphia Union.
After a long debate during preseason regarding the man who many see as the USA's key man, Landon Donovan finally decided it was best to stay put in California. He may have some critics, but there is no doubting the experience and quality that he gives the side mentally and going forward. He's a player that any MLS club would love to have and--probably many impressive European sides would want him too.
He has lost his captaincy to Robbie Keane, but given the offseason debacle that is little surprise and he still offers LA Galaxy a huge bonus in their attempt to retain the MLS Cup.
The Lure of Big Name Stars
No matter how LA Galaxy's season is going come the mid-way point in July, the club has the potential to lure big name stars from Europe in a similar manner to the David Beckham move. Already rumored strongly has been Chelsea and England's Frank Lampard, whose contract runs out in the summer, so a free transfer could be on the cards. That would be an incredible addition for not just the Galaxy but the MLS itself. On top of that, there have been rumours of Brazil and Real Madrid's Kaka, the 2007 World Player of the Year. The wages for either would be very high, but if such a quality level of player can move to LA, then the Galaxy will be put in an even stronger position this summer as they push on for their third consecutive title.