The Galaxy never got going last season, as they saw their playoff aspirations dashed by a combination of a leaky defense and an inability to ever get consistent production from their attack and big-money signing Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.
The 2021 season represents an opportunity to right the ship, with dos Santos telling Kevin Baxter of the LA Times in a story published on Friday that he feels healthy and rejuvenated after he was limited by injuries for much of the last year. That, and a new overall energy around the team, gives him confidence that the club is ready to leave 2020's struggles in the past.
“It depends on me, what I show on the field, what I demonstrate off the field,” dos Santos told Baxter. “I have no doubt that I can do that. I’m very confident.
“I want to do something great with the club. Be champions. And I think this is going to be the year.”
A return to health and form for dos Santos, one of the league's best two-way midfielders and one of the Galaxy's most important leaders in the locker room, would certainly go a long way in helping the club bounce back. New head coach Greg Vanney, who joined the Galaxy this offseason from Toronto FC, has spoken highly of the 30-year-old Mexico international's mentality during the offseason.
“He looks fit. I’ve seen him moving around a little bit and he is moving great. I think he’s in a really good spot. I think he’s excited about the year," Vanney said of dos Santos.