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Los Angeles Galaxy – MLS 2016 SEASON BETTING PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Stadium: StubHub Center
Capacity: 27,000


Manager:
 Bruce Arena (21.9.1951)
Although Bruce had a short career as a player(playing only for college and university sites as a goalkeeper and one cap for national team), he achieved a lot as a coach, managing teams like DC United, New York Redbulls and finally, his current team, LA Galaxy. With LA Galaxy, he managed to won MLS Cup three time(2011, 2012, 2014), Supporters’ Shield two times(2010, 2011) and was the champion of the Western Conference four times(2009, 2011, 2012, 2014).

Bruce Arena


Last Season:

Disappointing season for LA Galaxy, finishing only on 5th in the Western Conference and on 9th place in the league overall. Although they qualified for the play-offs, they were eliminated in the 1/8-finals by Seattle Sounders(3-2). In the cup they managed to get into the Quarter-finals, but only to be eliminated by the Real Salt Lake(1-0).
Top Goalscorer: Robbie Keane – 20 goals
Most Assists:Robbie Keane – 7 assists

Robbie Keane

Pre-Season:

Most of they games were played with their second team, as they had CONCACAF Champions League to worry about. They beat Armenian team FC Shirak(2-1), lost against Toronto(3-2). A draw with Tijuana(0-0) followed before they beat San Jose(1-0). They finished off their pre-season with a disappointing loss against Seattle Sounders(4-0).

Transfer Market Activity

Transfers Out

NameAgePos.New Club
Edson Buddle34STFree Agent
Todd Dunivant35LBRetired
Omar Gonzalez27CBPachuca (Liga MX)
Juninho27DMClub Tijuana (Liga MX)
Tommy Meyer25CBSwope Park Rangers (USL)
Brian Perk26GKFree Agent
Donovan Ricketts38GKFree Agent
Charlie Rugg25STFree Agent
Mika Vayrynen34CM/AMFree Agent
Kenney Walker27DMFC Cincinnati (USL)
Andrew Wolverton22GKFree Agent

Transfers In

NameAgePos.Former Club
Emmanuel Boateng21FW/AMHelsingborgs (Sweden)
Ashley Cole35LBAS Roma (Italy)
Nigel De Jong31DMAC Milan (Italy)
Clement Diop22GKLA Galaxy II (USL)
Dan Kennedy33GKFC Dallas (MLS)
Jeff Larentowicz32DMChicago Fire (MLS)
Mike Magee31FW/AMChicago Fire (MLS)
Daniel Steres25CBLA Galaxy II (USL)
Josh Turnley22LBGeorgetown (NCAA)
Jelle Van Damme32CB/LBStandard Liege (Belgium)

 

Review: Sadly they lost Juninho to Tijiana, but no worries, they done a great deal bringing in Asley Cole(Roma), Nigel De Jong(AC Milan) and Jelle Van Damme(Standard Liege). They also replaced their goalkeeper with Dan Kennedy from Dallas FC. Hopefully this will fix their goalkeeper issues.

Season 2016:

LA Galaxy should be looking to try and break into the top three this season after a disappointing 2015 season, but to do that they are going to need to rotate their older players and keep them fresh for the big games. As for the cup games, they haven’t advanced past the quarter-finals for the last six season. Those games might be a perfect opportunity to rest some key players.

Prediction:
Western Conference: 3rd –  5th place
League Overall:  5th – 9th place

Betting Prediction: Lay(bet against) LA Galaxy to win the US Open (bet will be won if they fail to win the US Open)

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