The LA Galaxy started their off-season creating space on their roster for transactions, after their worst season in franchise history some changes had to be made, how many exactly probably shocked Galaxy fans on Monday. The Galaxy kept: midfielder Emmanuel Boateng, forward Bradford Jamieson IV, defender Daniel Steres, defender Dave Romney and forward Ariel Lassiter by picking up their contract options.
From there though the Galaxy dropped: midfielder Jermaine Jones, goalkeeper Jon Kempin, midfielder Rafael Garcia, goalkeeper Brian Rowe, forward Jose Villarreal, forward Jack McBean, forward Jack McInerney, midfielder Raul Mendiola, defender Pele Van Anholt, goalkeeper Clement Diop, midfielder Jaime Villarreal, defender Nathan Smith and defender Bradley Diallo.
If you’re counting that means the Galaxy declined the options on 12 roster players including everyone of their goalkeepers and dumping former U.S. Mens National team member Jermaine Jones. In addition, when the contracts of Ashley Cole and Baggio Husidic expire at the end of 2017 that will mean the only players left will be:
Midfielder Romain Alessandrini, defender Hugo Arellano, midfielder Emmanuel Boateng, defender Michael Ciani, forward Giovani dos Santos, midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, forward Bradford Jamieson IV, midfielder Sebastian Lletget, midfielder João Pedro, defender Dave Romney, defender Daniel Steres, forward Gyasi Zardes and forward Ariel Lassiter.
That kind of turnover is the biggest sign so far that coach and general manager Sigi Schmid is going to be remaking the Galaxy in his own image, and is rejecting the players the previous regime “gifted” to Schmid. Frankly it’s a bit confusing as to what the Galaxy are doing, at least one more player will be gone when the upcoming MLS expansion draft occurs in December.
Schmid and his son Kurt, who was hired as the Galaxy’s Director of Player Personnel and Scouting will have their work cut out for them in trying to reshape the roster. For Sigi Schmid in his second go around with the Galaxy, this upcoming season may turn out like his expansion season with the Seattle Sounders.
Having to start from scratch Schmid put the Sounders on the map qualifying for the MLS playoffs and winning the U.S. Open Cup in their first year. Schmid does have the dos Santos brothers but he will be without them during their World Cup commitment with Mexico. Since the U.S. didn’t make it, Gyasi Zardes will be around all year. Schmid will have to try and get the dynamic Zardes who scored in the 2014 MLS Cup Final instead of the often injured and disinterested player since then.
2017 was a difficult year for the LA Galaxy, they’ve now shed a lot of the players that failed to lift up the team. It now remains to be seen what kind of team LA Galaxy fans will have in 2018. One thing for certain is Schmid and his son have a pretty steep hill to climb.