Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are officially in the offseason, and a couple of moves have already been made: midfielder Baggio Husidic was signed to a contract while defender Todd Dunivant agreed to terms on a new deal. The contract options of other players are currently up in the air and will be evaluated in time.
“We’ll try to make our team better. We’ll see if we can acquire some players to make our first XI or our roster stronger like I think that any team in the league will attempt to do,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Then [we’ll] make our plans for preseason and the opening games in MLS and Champions League.
“We can use another forward— probably more of a target forward to compliment the players that we have there. We can use an experienced flank player, we can get better with our passing in the central midfield position and we can get a little bit better in the back as well. Although we have a good group there, we’d still like to get a little bit better if we can.”
Midfielder Landon Donovan will not be with the USA Men’s National Team in their set of November friendlies due to nagging ankle issues.
“I’m sure the coaches will do their due diligence and figure out where we fell short this year and figure out what sort of pieces that we need to add,” Donovan said. “You’re always trying to add pieces because you want to make your roster better, fortunately, I don’t get paid to make those decisions.
“For five years, we’ve played late into [November and December] with offseason trips and it does catch up to you after a while. The silver lining is that it does give some guys some rest and the younger guys who need the opportunity to play and train more can do a little bit more. But it’ll be a welcome break for some of us.”
Midfielder Robbie Rogers’s situation seems to be safe for the time being. Rogers plans to use the offseason to return to form and become a third option in the Galaxy attack.
“Emotionally, it’s been a rollercoaster. It’s been amazing to be back with the Galaxy, I mean with the option they’ve given me and how supportive the guys have been in the locker room has been something that a year ago I could never have imagined,” Rogers told Serrano on Tuesday. “Without being too hard on myself and disappointed with the result at the end of the season I think if I would look back at this time last year, I more than exceeded my expectations for overcoming mostly that fear of thinking that I could be an athlete and I could be gay at the same time. Now, hopefully I can just move forward and just be a soccer player.
“There are so many things I need to improve on. Finishing and getting better crosses in and all that stuff, but I felt that as I got back from injuries and as the games went on I felt like I got better and better. There’s a lot of work I need to put in this offseason. I won’t really take this time off. I’ll stay fit and continue to do things to improve, but I still want to get back to where I was before so there’s a lot of work I need to do.”
Three Los Angeles Galaxy players will be in action for their national teams this week. Defender Omar Gonzalez is with the USA Men for their matches with Scotland and Austria. Forward Robbie Keane is back with the Republic of Ireland for matches against Latvia and Poland. And A.J. DeLaGarza debuts for Guam in friendlies against Cambodia and Laos.