While Sebastian Lletget battled tightness in his groin throughout most of the preseason, offseason signing Emmanuel Boateng slotted into Lletget’s spot at the left midfield. The 22-year-old Boateng had an encouraging offseason for the Galaxy, despite some offensive miscues in the team’s CONCACAF Champions League debut, so the competition for the starting spot in the left side of the midfield is definitely strong heading into the rest of the season.
Gargan signed with the team before the 2014 season. He had a breakout year in 2014 during which he had career highs in total appearances (29), starts (27) and assists (five). He earned a contract extension after the season, helping the Galaxy capture its fifth MLS Cup. The 33-year-old defender made 54 MLS appearances for the Galaxy and started 20 games last season. However, he only had one MLS start in the final three months of the season (a 5-2 loss to Portland at home on Oct. 18).
Maganto was drafted by the Galaxy with the 21st pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and played in 13 matches during his rookie season when the team struggled with injuries and international call ups during the summer. He scored one goal and tallied two assists while starting six games, but Sebastian Lletget’s emergence in the midfield sent Maganto back to the bench. Maganto made appearances for Galaxy II last year.
The Galaxy play the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday against Santos Laguna at 7 p.m. before starting the MLS season on March 6 at home against DC United. L.A. has 26 of its 28 roster spots filled, with 2016 SuperDraft pick Josh Turnley still unsigned.
U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest Monday with the help of a fancy virtual reality video and social media swag boxes. This is the first major rebranding effort since 1995. Players and celebrities helped push the new crest out on social media, showing off the new official scarf.
For the first time in his professional career, A.J. DeLaGarza is without Omar Gonzalez. The old college teammates made for a lockdown defensive pairing when they played together for the Galaxy at central defense.
The LA Galaxy were mainly encouraged after their scoreless draw against Santos Laguna on Wednesday. It’s early in the season and the team was content with its defensive performance, especially the games from Dan Kennedy, Nigel de Jong and Jelle Van Damme. Here’s some video from head coach Bruce Arena and players:
It’s a school night at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, so there will be limited parking available. Fans are encouraged to carpool or take Uber. Those who don’t arrive by 6 p.m. risk missing the beginning of the 7 p.m. match, the Galaxy advise.
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears (Damion Lowe), Brad Evans – captain (Zach Scott 63′), Chad Marshall (Roberto Chen), Joevin Jones (Dylan Remick); Osvaldo Alonso (Cristian Roldan), Erik Friberg (Aaron Kovar), Andreas Ivanschitz; Jordan Morris (88′), Nelson Valdez (Victor Mansaray), Clint Dempsey (Darwin Jones)
LA Galaxy – Brian Rowe; Robbie Rogers (Oscar Sorto), Daniel Steres (Dan Gargan), Jelle Van Damme (A.J. DeLaGarza), Ashley Cole (Dave Romney); Giovani dos Santos (Jose Villareal), Nigel De Jong (Garcia), Steven Gerrard (Baggio Husidic), Emmanuel Boateng (Sebastian Lletget); Robbie Keane (Mike Magee), Gyasi Zardes (Alan Gordon)
Strangely, this video is only available on the Seattle Sounders’ YouTube channel, but not the Galaxy’s. I wonder why?