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Another possible personnel setback for the LA Galaxy

Feb 26, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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The LA Galaxy reminded us last year that while so many elements of Major League Soccer have matured through the years, this much has remained a constant:

In MLS, you only have to be right near the end; you can seriously stink up the joint in the early weeks but reliably get away with it.

It is a bit harder to pull off these days as more clubs gain further stability in organizational footing. Translation: more organizations have their doggone acts together, and that means stronger links through the 19-team MLS chain. Still, it can be done.

That’s good news in 2013 for the Galaxy, who overcame a horrendous start last year, rallying to make the playoffs and then successfully defending their MLS Cup crown. They were “right” in the end.

Looks like Bruce Arena’s team may need more of the same for the 18th MLS campaign. Landon Donovan’s absence over the first few regular season weeks has been well chronicled.

And we know the Galaxy hunt for a third Designated Player (to replace new Parisian David Beckham) goes on, almost certain not to arrive at resolution until the summer.

Now comes word that Mike Magee, the very picture of the modest-salaried, highly dependable work-a-day the Galaxy must have in order to balance a DP-heavy roster, may miss the club’s 2013 opener this weekend.

Galaxy manager Bruce Arena is being typically coy about Magee’s injury, and Magee (pictured, center) is not being made available to media this week.

The Galaxy opens Sunday against Chicago (5 p.m. ET on Univision). The entire opening week schedule is here. 

  1. charliej11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    LA was 6-9-2 going into July, so not like the really stunk it up. Toronto for instance, only won 5 games all year.

    LA definitely didn’t look like a playoff team, but it was very relative that they stunk it up as former Champions. Many team would have loved to have been there, with only a good second half needed to get them to the playoffs.

    • dfstell - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Agreed…..they just stunk in comparison to what people thought that team COULD be. “Underperformed” would be closer to correct.

    • Steve Davis - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      The Galaxy was in last place in the West in May (I believe), had already lost to Toronto in CCL and had just crashed out of the Open Cup. They were pretty lousy over the first three months.

      • joeyt360 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        But they were over 2 ppg for the last 27 games they played (counting playoffs). Wasn’t that long ago an MLS regular season was only 28 games long.

  2. pensfan603 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    they also had David Lopez junior at center back.

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