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An early run at LA Galaxy lineup predictions

Feb 18, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

A.J. DeLaGarza

If Adam Serrano does not know it about the LA Galaxy, it’s probably not worth knowing.

So I was intrigued when I saw the Galaxy blogger throw down some lineup predictions for the champs – a team with a little more roster tumult at the moment than manager Bruce Arena would probably prefer.

As you examine what Serrano says and his array of lineup predictions / options, consider the pressure points from Bruce Arena’s standpoint, which include:

  • Working out the ideal lineup without one Designated Player yet to be replaced (David Beckham) and another who will miss a month of matches at very least (Landon Donovan).
  • Selecting a center back partner for Omar Gonzalez. Tommy Meyer and A.J. DeLaGarza (pictured) have both sat alongside the big U.S. international in preseason contests. DeLaGarza can play along the right or centrally.
  • Finding the best spot for Mike Magee relative to Donovan and where the club’s all-time scoring leader will eventually fit. Colin Clark’s emergence as an apparent force that will demand defensive attention along the left – Are we about to see the Clark who was rampaging with the Rapids three years back, prior to a crushing knee injury? – gives Arena one more option.
  • Getting the best of a midfield that looks a little tame at the moment compared to last year’s.
  • Arena has two preseason contests to sort it out, vs. Club Tijuana on Feb. 19 and the Colorado Rapids on Feb. 22. Remember, the Galaxy need to get it right early, not so much for MLS but for those March quarterfinal matches in CONCACAF Champions League.
  1. pensfan603 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I wouldnt put magee uptop, id put Vilareal but im guessing he knows that hes talking about, and has talked to bruce abou tthis so im guessing thats somewhat what it will be

    • Steve Davis - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      I like Villareal, too. Promising young man. But I agree, I like Magee as a midfielder, where he makes the most of those late runs. FYI, five goals and four assists last year is reasonable production from a role guy who puts in the two-way work.

      • mvktr2 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Don’t forget Mighty Mike Magee does triple duty as reserve ‘superman’ goalie! :D I know he didn’t do it last year.

        I also prefer Magee in the midfield and I think the most simplistic approach is to put whomever plays best with Keene up top, probably Villareal, and put Magee in Donovan’s midfield role when LD plays MF.

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