Given that Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is exactly halfway chewing through the roster he inherited, it seemed a good time – a few days into preseason camp – to address the changes he’s made so far.
As you can tell by the tone of the piece, I remain unconvinced. Still, it’s early in preseason, there are some big questions yet to be answered and time is still on Arena’s side.
There are some bright spots.
For one, Arena sounds more impressed with David Beckham’s form over in Italy than I am. Check out this quote from Monday that didn’t make it into the column (and Arena also inadvertently answers the question many of us were asking toward the end of last season – is Becks injured?):
“I’m happy to see he’s moving forward. He struggled with injuries over the last three months of our season. I’m happy to see he’s getting back in form, his fitness is improving and certainly his touch on the ball has gotten better. I think he’s fully comfortable now and that’s a real plus.”
Certainly it is for AC Milan; it remains to be seen whether that’s true of the Galaxy, too.
And as if on cue (guess they were listening to Arena), this morning AC Milan officials said they want to formally negotiate with the Galaxy over signing Beckham for good.
What do you think of Arena’s rebuilding job so far? Is he on the right track? Could this team survive the loss of Landon Donovan and/or David Beckham?
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