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LA Galaxy 2024 Season Preview


Armchair Analyst's Breakdown

  • Strength: They finally used a scouting department instead of a rolodex to make signings, and have brought in two DP wingers with good profiles, a proven veteran right back and a new approach to building the roster.
  • Weakness: Most of their center backs are very old and their rest defense continues to be a disaster. Every loss of possession is a five-alarm fire.

Key Departures

  • Tyler Boyd: Boyd is now galloping down the wings at Nashville SC after an offseason trade. The US international had 7g/4a in 34 matches last year.
  • Chicharito: The latest in LA's long line of iconic strikers, Chicharito has returned to Chivas – his boyhood Liga MX club. The DP striker and Mexican legend is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last summer. He finished his four-year Galaxy stay with 38g/6a in 74 games.
  • Douglas Costa: With 7g/12a in 46 matches, Costa didn't quite meet his DP-level expectations. The former Brazil international, who also played for Juventus and Bayern Munich, is now at Fluminense.
  • Raheem Edwards: The Canadian left back got traded to CF Montréal, opening the door for Julián Aude to start.

Key Signings

  • Joseph Paintsil: LA are acquiring Paintsill for a reported near-$9 million fee from Belgian Pro League side Genk (not yet 100% official!). He's a Ghanaian international winger and takes a DP spot alongside Gabriel Pec and Riqui Puig.
  • Gabriel Pec: A Brazil youth international, Pec reportedly arrives via a $10 million transfer fee plus incentives (club-record outlay). The DP winger was at Brazilian top-flight side Vasco da Gama, where he recorded 26g/14a in 178 appearances.
  • Miki Yamane: After LA didn't retain Calegari, they had a right-back hole to fill. Step in Yamane, Maya Yoshida's longtime Japan international teammate and a three-time J1 League Best XI honoree. He arrives from Kawasaki Frontale.
  • Full roster

Projected Starting XI

24MLS_Lineups_LA Galaxy GK

NOTE: Jalen Neal is starting the year injured, so Martín Cáceres could slot into a starting CB role.


  • Marcelo Balboa: 6th in Western Conference
  • Kyndra de St. Aubin: 13th in Western Conference
  • Matt Doyle: 5th in Western Conference
  • Brian Dunseth: 10th in Western Conference
  • Miguel Gallardo: 9th in Western Conference
  • Antonella Gonzalez: 8th in Western Conference
  • J. Sam Jones: 5th in Western Conference
  • Sacha Kljestan: 11th in Western Conference
  • Kaylyn Kyle: 10th in Western Conference
  • Lori Lindsey: 7th in Western Conference
  • Frédéric Lord: 5th in Western Conference
  • Joseph Lowery: 6th in Western Conference
  • Sammy Sadovnik: 4th in Western Conference
  • Andrew Wiebe: 7th in Western Conference
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips: 11th in Western Conference
  • Diego Valeri: 4th in Western Conference
  • Jake Zivin: 5th in Western Conference

Odds & Ends

  • Head coach: Greg Vanney
  • Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
  • Last year: 8W-14L-12T, 36 points, 13th in Western Conference
  • Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not qualify