2015 MLS season preview: LA Galaxy

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  • Three MLS Cup championships in last four years (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Defeated New England Revolution, 2-1 (ET), in 2014 MLS Cup final
  • Qualified for MLS Cup Playoffs every year since 2009

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Key player: Robbie Keane

I know, it’s pretty obvious to call the defending MLS MVP the Galaxy’s “key player,” but with the retirement of Landon Donovan (10 goals, 19 assists in 2014), it’s up to Keane (19 and 14) and Co. to insure the impact from the loss of the league’s all-time leading scorer and assist provider is minimal.

Other names to watch: Gyasi Zardes, Juninho, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Rogers

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Head coach: Bruce Arena

Other than finally winning CONCACAF Champions League (in its current format), there’s nothing left for Arena to achieve in his legendary coaching career. At this point, the challenge for Arena becomes, “How many times can he rebuild/reinvent the Galaxy and continue to win championships?” Donovan’s departure means yet another chance to do just that. This time, the challenge will be to integrate Steven Gerrard, who arrives in July, into a team that’s already won three MLS Cups in four years.

2015 outlook

The playoffs are a birthright for the Galaxy, and despite the continued turnover, Arena is the master of rebuilding on a short timeframe, meaning they’ll be in the playoffs and a real pest to knock out in November.