They were the last definitive dynasty. We can have conversations about whether other teams might be a dynasty. The LA Galaxy were a dynasty. From 2010 to 2014, talking about the Galaxy felt like talking about the recent Golden State Warriors run. You could formulate reasons why they might not win the whole thing, but realistically you knew that if they stayed healthy then they were going to be the last one standing. In that five year stretch, they picked up three MLS Cups and two Supporters' Shields.
|8 playoff appearances||3 MLS Cup appearances|
|3 MLS Cups (2011, 2012, 2014)||2 Supporters' Shields (2010, 2011)|
The teams were stacked all the way through the lineup. Bruce Arena stuck consistently to a 4-4-2, which could often look like a 4-4-1-1 in attack thanks to Landon Donovan's versatility. The Shield-winning 2010 squad had a Best XI player in every part of the field — Donovan Ricketts in goal, Omar Gonzalez in defense, Landon Donovan in midfield (although LD often played forward), and Edson Buddle up top.
It wasn't Donovan, Gonzalez, or David Beckham who made the final three for the MVP, either, it was Buddle. They also had the best crop of role players you could find in MLS: Mike Magee (future MVP), A.J. DeLaGarza, Juninho, Todd Dunivant (five MLS Cup victories) and Sean Franklin. Not to mention their savvy veterans, Eddie Lewis, Chris Klein, Gregg Berhalter, Dema Kovalenko and Jovan Kirovski.
The Galaxy have received flack, rightfully so, for their roster-building in recent years, but they started the decade with perhaps the best-constructed team you could imagine in MLS.
Buddle departed prior to 2011 and the Galaxy used an assortment of strikers to start the new season — Juan Pablo Angel, Chad Barrett, Adam Christman — only for Robbie Keane to arrive midseason. The Galaxy put four players on the Best XI team and none of them were Keane. The Galaxy's starting XI for MLS Cup 2011 vs. Houston: