Going, Going, Gone



By Carlos Hernandez, Sports Writer

The 21st season of Major League Soccer is two months away from kick off and roster changes are being done by all MLS teams. In particular the LA Galaxy are sealing the deal with several newcomers but also relinquishing key players who contributed in a fine matter towards winning three MLS Cup titles from 2011-2012 and 2014. Omar Gonzalez and Juninho who were starters for the LA Galaxy departed the club to go down south to the Mexican soccer league known as Liga MX. Omar Gonzalez signed with CF Pachuca where as Juninho signed with the Xolos of Tijuana. With preseason around the corner, the LA Galaxy line up will look different especially within the defensive back line. With Omar Gonzalez no longer available, speculation will take place as to who the next defender can be to step into the role of the 2011 MLS defender of the year. A possible player who can meet the challenge is Dave Romney who made his debut with the LA Galaxy in the International Champions Cup against FC Barcelona as well against Club America. He then made his professional debut for the LA Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo on July 25, 2015 on a loan bases from the USL reserve team the LA Galaxy II, but then on August 5, 2015 the LA Galaxy acquired him as a defender.

With the absence of Juninho this can open up the competition between several members of the LA Galaxy midfield as to who can deliver the same possessive impact to the team. No doubt that Steven Gerrard and Sebastian Lletget will play close by each other, and with the signing of Jeff Larentowicz plus the inclusion of Baggio Husidic, Robbie Rogers, and Ignacio Maganto and others evidently the LA Galaxy have an impressive amount of depth within the midfield. It is going to be an interesting process towards seeing which midfielders can best fit the starting eleven within the midfield. For now change is good, but time will tell if the departures of Omar Gonzalez and Juninho will impact the team in a good or bad manner in their pursuit of becoming the first to six MLS Cup champions.

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