Galaxy Facing a Strange Summer

There is an opinion poll up on the LA Galaxy website. It asks ‘Which Galaxy opponent are you most excited to see this season?’ with five MLS teams to choose from. None of the five teams are in fact the LA Galaxy. You would think any die-hard LA fan would be most interested to see their own team, as the one that takes the field in 2010 is not likely to be at all similar to the team that lost in PK’s to Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup last November.

Galaxy fans should by now be accustom to seeing David Beckham for only a few months at the end of the year, but now there is a very good chance that Landon Donovan, the teams heart and soul, may be following that very example.

Donovan is currently flying high at Premier League side Everton, starting, contributing and helping Everton get points. It is a very strong possibility that Everton attempt to extend that loan, as Milan did with Beckham last season, throughout the remainder of the Premier League season. They would be foolish not to.

If that is the case, Donovan, like Beckham at AC Milan, would be busy wrapping up Everton’s domestic season. A season that runs through late May and then move right into the US National Team camp who will be gearing up for South Africa. With high profile friendlies against the Czech Republic and Turkey scheduled for the end of May and more friendly dates likely in the lead up to the States big World Cup Opener against England on June 12. A match that will see Donovan up against fellow wandering teammate, Beckham. There will be no time for the Galaxy for either of the teams two big guns. This will give a target date for Donovan and Beckham to return to the Galaxy sometime during late July, having missed between 16 and 18 of the Galaxy’s 30 regular season games and likely both qualifying legs of the CONCACAF Champions League.

What’s more, Everton may very well attempt to sign Donovan on a permanent basis and thus end his days as a Galaxy player altogether. This would leave a void in the middle of the Galaxy team, that will not be easy to fill.

What is Bruce Arena to do? He must plan a campaign that will see the Galaxy trying to build the backbone of a competitive season but without his two best players. Will he get salary cap help? Will the three young Brazilian loaners from Sao Paulo help fill that void?

I would hate to be attempting to sell season tickets to the Home Depot Center faithful, when the two biggest reasons the casual fans see the Galaxy are guaranteed to be on the pitch for more than half the season.

The only thing that is quite certain in the Galaxy camp is uncertainty, and that is no way to go into preseason training.

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One Response to “Galaxy Facing a Strange Summer”

  1. Hung Rabal Says:

    Wild Card for the World Cup is Portugal – You just never know. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for England

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