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2020 Western Conference Preview: LA Galaxy

Swapping one superstar striker for another in 2020.

Los Angeles Galaxy Introduce Javier Chicharito Hernandez Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

It’s that time of year again! We’re going through each team in the Western Conference to see how they ended last year, how things have gone in the offseason, and what we might expect from them in 2020. They will be published in no particular order, and you can find all of them here.

LA Galaxy

2019 Record: 16-3-15 (51 points, 5th in the WC)

Goals for: 58 (T-2 in WC)

Goals against: 59 (T-3 most in WC)

Three key additions:

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Aleksandar Katai, Emiliano Insua

Also of note to Colorado soccer fans: Nick Depuy, a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School

Three key subtractions:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romain Alessandrini, Chris Pontius

General thoughts:

It is tough to really know what the 2020 season will look like for the LA Galaxy. Losing Ibrahimovic means that they are losing 30 of their 58 goals from last season. To replace him, they have brought in another big name in Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. It’s not likely that he will bag as many goals as Zlatan did, but the Galaxy will have more goal support with the addition of Katai, Sacha Kljestan, and a full season of Cristian Pavon. How those three perform could be instrumental in the Galaxy repeating as one of the best offenses in MLS.

On the other side of the ball, the Galaxy were not up to snuff defensively in 2019. Allowing 58 goals in a season is not a good formula to win trophies, so they needed to bolster the defensive side of the ball. As a remedy, they brought in a veteran in Emiliano Insua, a player that has made 164 appearances in the top five European leagues. Will he be enough to turn the whole backline around? Only time will tell.