The often maligned left-back has had a stellar career on the field and will join fellow Brit, Steven Gerard, at the LA Galaxy, The Sun reports. He was released from AS Roma over a less-than-stellar campaign and is looking to move to the US. Aston Villa is also in the running.
So I pose the question, do the LA Galaxy really need another 35-year-old player added to its roster? Cole would join Keane and Gerard as the elders in the team and does LA really want to deal with Cole’s antics? Since his divorce, he has continued to put himself in awful situations and I wonder if Bruce Arena is ready to deal with that. I’m not the boss though, so we’ll see how this turns out.
Starwars has taken over the box-office and it seems the footballing world has taken notice. Check out the video below of Omar Gonzalez’s unveiling. The former LA Galaxy defender signed with Pachuca FC today and it seems like Darth Vader wanted to join in the fun!
One-club men do not exist. Not in the money-laden footballing culture that we live in today. This make Steven Gerrard’s accomplishments at Liverpool even more impressive. He consistently turned down moves to other clubs because he truly loved and truly believed in what he was a part of. Even more impressive is that Gerrard found the net 186 times. His role in the team changed drastically over the years, from a young-energy filled box to box goal-scoring machine, to a deep-lying playmaker that could ping the ball wherever he wanted. The transition was impressive as were his exploits at the club. Take some time and appreciate the 186 goals below:
As most of the football universe has announced already it looks like Steven Gerrard, one of the greatest English footballers ever, will transition to the MLS to finish out his career. Where he ends up is still in question, and something that probably will not be finalized until he finishes out his final season at Liverpool FC. I want to tell you why he shouldn’t go to the LA Galaxy and why the NY Red Bulls are the best fit.
The short answer: Mike Petke.
Ignore the awful hair choices of the late 90s. Over the last two seasons as NYRB Manager, Petke has transformed the Red Bulls into a possession oriented squad with an emphasis on strong defense and lightning fast offense. The team loses Thierry Henry to retirement, but adding Gerrard would allow the team to stabilize its midfield and continue the transformation Petke started in 2013. Petke emphasizes a pretty standard 4-4-2, often with a holding central midfielder, which the aging Gerrard would slide into perfectly. Given his experience, Gerrard would have no problem patrolling the center of the pitch in the MLS for years to come, with Tim Cahill behind him captaining the defense and sending through balls to fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips until opponents’ defenses caved.
Compared to what seems to be the only other option, the LA Galaxy, Gerrard would fit into the Petke system better than the Bruce Arena way of life. Arena has struggled with more defensive type setups over his recent years in the MLS, formations that would accent an aging central midfield superstar, forcing a Steven Gerrard type to be a goal producer rather than a captain and facilitator. He would be judged by statistics, rather than pure football performance. The Galaxy have been successful when they’re blatantly outscoring opponents under Arena, not by merely outperforming their opponent on the pitch. In Los Angeles, Landon Donovan was the LA Galaxy, which resulted in other Designated Players coming into the MLS and playing second fiddle (i.e. Beckham, Keane, Omar Gonzalez…maybe that one’s a stretch).
Maybe, just maybe Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard are BFFs and this is all about them playing the rest of their careers together and laughing at all the money they’ll be making to hang out in California for the next 5 years…
Seriously there are a lot of these pictures on the internet, forget everything I said, this bromance is just what the MLS needs. It might even help all the Liverpool fans cope with what is the 2014-2015 BPL season. 😉
Today the LA Galaxy beat the New England Revolution 2-1 with Robbie Keane, the 2014 MLS MVP, scoring the game-winning goal. Although the game itself was sloppy; it was still very entertaining. No matter who you rooted for though it is great to see Landon Donovan go out on top. With 5 MLS Cups to their name LA Galaxy have become the indisputable powerhouse of MLS.
In association with Copper Pot Pictures, Major League Soccer will release a six-part mini-documentary series this week entitled, Landon Donovan: LegenD. Each episode highlights a theme from Landon Donovan’s unparalleled career, with one premiering each day ahead of his final regular season home game (LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
You can’t fault MLS for wanting to milk every last bit of nostalgia over Landon Donovan while they still have the chance. He was a great player who has meant a lot for not only MLS but also US soccer as a whole. I for one cannot get enough of these Landon Donovan tributes and I will make sure to tune in for every episode of the 6 part series.