Galaxy Losing Star Players Quickly in 2014

The Galaxy’s defense and midfield are starting to wear thin with the World Cup looming
by Jamie Pham   |   Monday, May 05, 2014

Galaxy of Angels – column on Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) & the LA soccer scene.

The LA Galaxy have only played 6 games in 9 weeks so far in the MLS season and they have already been experiencing injury woes.

James Riley went out in the second game of season against Real Salt Lake with a torn lateral meniscus. He is expected to come back in late September if everything goes according to plan. Dan Gargan has been taking his place at right back and has been starting ever since.

On the left side, Todd Dunivant suffered an abdominal strain in the game against Chivas USA. In an interview on Corner of the Galaxy, Dunivant stated that he is still suffering from the injury and doesn’t know when he will start training again.

Before Dunivant was injured, AJ DeLaGarza had been pairing up with Omar Gonzalez in the middle but ever since he’s had been out, he has shifted back to full back.

Backup goalkeeper, Brian Perk, is also out with a left abductor strain with no timeline of when he is going to return. Perk has started two games so far this season with a draw against Real Salt Lake and a win against Chivas USA. He was sidlined for most of 2013 dealing with mostly concussion issues and only played in 6 games in the MLS Reserve League.

With the 2014 World Cup closely arriving, the LA Galaxy are most likely going to lose both Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan to the US Men’s National Team. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stated that he will reveal his preliminary 30-man roster on May 12 with the first training date being 2 days after.

This means their next game at Portland on Sunday will be their last until the end of the tournament on July 13. The Galaxy are set to face the New England Revolution at home 3 days later on July 16.

Even if both Donovan and Gonzalez are going to suit up against the Revolution, both will miss 8 games with LA, with 5 of those games being at StubHub Center.

This means their substitutes will have to step up even though some of them have not played a regular season game so far.

Gyasi Zardes will most likely reprise his role in the midfield especially with both Sarvas being injured. He’s been brought on as a substitute in 4 games this seasons with no goals. He has one goal in one game with the LA Galaxy II.

Robbie Rogers looks to make his return as he has spent 3 games with the Galaxy II regaining his fitness. He was an unused substitute last Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

Both Kofi Opare and Tommy Meyer have spent time with LA Galaxy II and are hoping to lock down a starting position during this period. Opare has played 4 games and Meyer has played 2 games with the USL-Pro side. Both have been brought on as a substitute once for the 1st team this season.

It looks like LA will have their hands full but Bruce Arena has done a good job adding new players in the offseason.

NEXT UP: May 11– LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers, Providence Park, Portland, Oregon. 2:30 p.m. EST, NBCSN.

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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LA Galaxy
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.