One of the players on Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy that is looking for a big year this season is Leonardo. The Brazilian defender suffered knee injuries and was forced to spend the offseason in Brazil to get his right knee back to form.
“Right now, the knee’s really good,” he said through an interpreter Monday to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I think it will be 100 percent when we start playing games. “I’m a different player now, with a different approach and a different mindset. I have a different body.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Chicago or Portland, I have to keep moving forward. My goal here is to work hard and show Bruce that I’ve recovered and my leg is strong enough to be on the field. I got a lot of support from the team, a lot of support from my family and a lot of support from God. When you have faith, those things will work out. Right now I’m slowly getting back to where I need to be.
“I’ve seen lot of games and I also have a different perspective on life. I’m calmer now and more relaxed as far as how I go and approach things. When I came here I was very young. Now I’m 24. In that time I’ve seen a lot of games and lot of things. That made me wiser. Now it’s a case of showing that on the field.”
“We’re hopeful he continues to make progress,” said Arena of Leonardo’s return to match fitness during training.
Meanwhile, former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was back doing a little training of his own…with Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski and one of Manchester United’s rival clubs…Arsenal. Now this isn’t anything new to Beckham; he did train with the Gunners in 2008. Already, Beckham’s three sons: Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, are in the mix for Chelsea’s youth teams.
When longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was asked about Beckham signing to a contract, the Gunners boss shot down the rumors.
“He called me,” Wenger told Dave Wood and Sarah Bull of the Daily Mail. “He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time.(It’s) purely for fitness.
“There’s no speculation about signing or anything.”
Los Angeles open up the 2013 Major League Soccer season against the Chicago Fire on Mar. 3 at the Home Depot Center.