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The LA Galaxy made a change earlier this week firing manager Curt Onalfo and rehiring old boss Sigi Schmid. At the time of writing, the Galaxy are ninth in the MLS Western Conference.
The least the Galaxy can do is make the playoffs.
However, for the LA-based club to do so means attaining a record of eight wins, one draw and four losses. I think they can they have the talent to do so but the players need to step up.
Who needs to step up?
In my eyes, a few players need to step up.
First, Giovani dos Santos the star man of the team. The Mexican was once a standout player in the MLS, but now he hardly even scores. If the galaxy wants to make the playoffs, it starts with dos Santos.
The next player is Gyasi Zardes. The man has not scored at home since April and he can’t pass the ball either, so if the Galaxy wants to make the playoffs Zardes needs to get his act together and help the team.
The last player that needs to step up is their new signing and Giovani’s brother, Jonathan Dos Santos. Now I know he has not played yet but he has European experience, which can help the Galaxy in the big games down the stretch and the brother connection could be unstoppable if they play together.
Improving the defence
The defense needs some improvement not by signing anyone one but by playing those already on their roster like Ashley Cole. Cole is a legendary player with burgeoning experience, who has big game experience and could help the Galaxy down the stretch.
Another defender that can help the backline is Jermaine Jones, the former Schalke stalwart who was a rock in the USA defense during the last World Cup.
Is there any hope for Schmid?
I believe Sigi Schmid can lead this team to the playoffs but a team of Galaxy’s size should not be in such a predicament in the first place. They are the face of the MLS and they are built to win the MLS Cup, so why are they this bad?
They better enjoy being the kings of Los Angeles soccer soon because the Los Angeles Football Club are ready to take over Los Angeles soccer scene with the recent hiring of former US National Team coach Bob Bradley as the club’s new manager.
However, if Schmid can start getting his players to play like a team once again, then the struggling MLS side have every chance of at least making into the playoffs and hopefully set their foot down as one of the MLS’ top sides.
They clearly have the players, they just need a kick up the backside. Schmid may be the man that can do so.
Written by Dalton Callen
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