After their surprising exit from the 2013 MLS Cup playoffs, there were questions starting to be asked of the LA Galaxy and their organization. Having arguably the most versatile starting XI in the league, the Galaxy were denied their third consecutive MLS Cup championship appearance by Real Salt Lake.
With Sean Franklin heading off to DC United, the defense took a serious hit, and the offseason is only in its second week. Thankfully, the Galaxy has not lost any more players as talented as Franklin. This is a good thing, otherwise the team would be in serious trouble.
MLS legend Pablo Mastroeni retired at the end of the season, leaving a small void in senior leadership. This is nothing new in the locker room, and a problem that can be easily dealt with. Midfielders Colin Clark and Laurent Courtois also made exits from the team. Overall, besides losing Franklin, the Galaxy have not taken that big of a hit. What they do need to focus on, however, is bringing in two or three experienced players and several players from the Super Draft.
There was a rumor circulating that Lazio striker Miroslav Klose may be the newest addition to the Galaxy come transfer season, but no news has surfaced of that potential signing since mid-November. Several players that are still available for their consideration are Joel Lindpere, Logan Pause, Dwayne De Rosario and David Ferreira. Each player would add another level of experience and senior leadership to the roster.
The 2014 season could go two ways for the Galaxy: the team could harness the disappointing loss suffered in the playoffs and use that as motivation to become the 2014 MLS Cup champions, or they could end up struggling to stay in games without having younger and talented players like Franklin to save them.