LA Galaxy Eyeing Japanese Defender Miki Yamane to Bolster Backline

Kawasaki Frontale v Kashiwa Reysol - 103rd Emperor's Cup Final
Kawasaki Frontale v Kashiwa Reysol - 103rd Emperor's Cup Final / Hiroki Watanabe/GettyImages

In a bid to reinforce their defensive setup, the LA Galaxy is reportedly eyeing a move for the experienced 29-year-old right-back Miki Yamane from J1 League champions Kawasaki Frontale, according to reports surfacing from Japan.

Yamane boasts an impressive track record, having secured two league titles with Kawasaki in 2020 and 2021. His international pedigree also shines through, with 16 caps for the Japanese National Team under his belt. Notably, Yamane was a part of Japan's squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, sharing the field with current LA Galaxy defender Maya Yoshida.

The Galaxy's interest in Yamane stems from the departure of defensive assets Calegari and Kelvin Leerdam. With the team seeking a starting-caliber right-back, the acquisition of Yamane could significantly bolster their defensive line. Presently, prospect Mauricio Cuevas stands as the sole right-back on the depth chart but requires time for development into a starting role.

Reports from the Corner of Galaxy have indicated that the LA Galaxy is engaged in "serious conversations" with Yamane and has even sent representatives to Japan to hold discussions with the player's representatives. The Galaxy's proactive pursuit of Yamane underscores their determination to fortify their defensive unit, especially after conceding a league-high 67 goals during the 2023 MLS regular season.

The potential acquisition of Miki Yamane represents a strategic move by the LA Galaxy to address defensive vulnerabilities and inject experience into their backline. As talks progress, the Galaxy faithful eagerly await developments on whether Yamane will join the MLS outfit, potentially playing a pivotal role in reshaping their defensive resilience for the upcoming season.