The 2017 Major League Soccer season is here. Now under the leadership of Curt Onalfo, the Los Angeles Galaxy come into a new era with not as much pressure as before, but with a keen eye on winning the #RaceToSeis by the taking the competition by surprise through its new acquisitions in Joao Pedro and Romain Alessandrini. To do this right, they will need to come away with a big scalp at home to Oscar Pareja’s FC Dallas, who are coming off a historic year, winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup.
A number of power rankings by media publications have mixed opinions on the team’s fortunes this year.
“They’re back. They’re reloaded. And they’ve got a new face on the sidelines. It was a hectic offseason by Galaxy standards, but with a new DP in tow and depth all over the front six, they’ll be right back in the mix out West in 2017.”
“Gyasi Zardes is set to miss the start of the season, and now the back line has been hit by an injury to Ashley Cole. With so much change in L.A. — manager Bruce Arena is gone, as is veteran Robbie Keane — there’s potentially reason for concern.”
“The Big Question: Can Onalfo keep things consistent? Under Bruce Arena’s leadership, the Galaxy could always be counted on for solid performances throughout the season that would inevitably ramp up once playoff time came around. With Arena replaced by Onalfo and Robbie Keane retired, this Galaxy team has lost two anchors that practically scream “consistency” (and that’s to say nothing of the other key departures like Landon Donovan, Mike Magee, Gordon, A.J. DeLaGarza and others). Onalfo still has plenty of talent at his disposal, especially with the addition of French winger Romain Alessandrini, but his past stops as coach in D.C. and Kansas City didn’t show him as the type to coax consistently winning results in the league. Galaxy fans will hope that Onalfo’s time coaching the Galaxy’s USL affiliate has sharpened his instincts.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. The live blog will begin at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET and includes a wrapup of coverage from the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and AS Nancy Lorraine.
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