2014 MLS Season: 5 Los Angeles Galaxy Players To Watch
5 LA Galaxy Players to Watch in 2014
The Los Angeles Galaxy had a disappointing season last year after failing to three-peat and not winning the MLS Cup. The club is now going through a bit of a change not just because it is getting new home kits, but also there has been a lot of movement within the roster. New players may be just what saves the Galaxy from another disappointing year, as well as former rookies stepping up to take charge.
The Galaxy had the busiest offseason in a while. They had to drop some favored players but wasted no time in finding others to fill the gaps. It only used one SuperDraft selection, which probably meant Bruce Arena did not see anyone besides Kyle Venter he thought would fit the club. Although the SuperDraft was lacking, Arena quickly found other players outside the college combine.
Here are five players who I think are ready to make plays and score goals this season. Some of them are entirely new to the club and a couple were with the club last season. The Galaxy have to use this season to remind everyone that they're the best club in the league.
Will these players be the ones to pick Los Angeles up and turn this team into a top playoff contender? I think so.
5. Baggio Husidic
Baggio Husidic is no stranger to MLS. He began his senior career by playing for the Chicago Fire, but was signed by Hammarby IF in 2012. Arena was careful with his signings in the offseason, and he felt Husidic had something the Galaxy needed.
4. Rob Friend
Rob Friend was very successful in the three countries he played in, and hopefully he will bring that success to Los Angeles Galaxy. He has a lot of experience and skill at his feet. I have no doubt he will play well when given the chance.
3. Robbie Rogers
This year will be Robbie Rogers' year to reign again. The former USMNT player said he took no breaks this offseason, and he will prove his worth to all those still reminiscing over Magee.
2. Stefan Ishizaki
Stefan Ishizaki was the biggest headline during Los Angeles Galaxy's offseason. He is a bit of an obscure pick, but he has won championships with his clubs, which is important. He is a player to watch this season because I know he's going to be scoring goals and making plays; he'll do much better than former Swedish teammate Christian Wilhelmsson.
1. Gyasi Zardes
Zardes joined the Los Angeles Galaxy last year. He was overhyped before the SuperDraft, and I think he's finding his footing as he began to impress during the offseason. This season will be his time to shine and hopefully help the Galaxy bring home the cup.