New York City play the LA Galaxy tonight at 11 p.m. EDT. Kyle Sennikoff of LAG Confidential stops by to answer Three Questions about the Galaxy.
It’s clear that the Galaxy are in a funk as a team. Do you think Sigi Schmid is the guy to get them out of it, and turn them into a winning team?
I think Sigi Schmid is the right guy to help guide us through to the end of the season, yes. Will he turn this squad into a winning team? That remains to be seen.
We don't have enough good players to right this ship and go on a little bit of a winning streak. We've got so many key players injured, or not on the best of form, or suspended, that it hurts chemistry. Constantly having to tinker with the starting XI effects that chemistry, you never really know who you're going to be playing with week in and week out. And while the players won't say it publicly, I'm sure it affects them on the pitch.
However, with a full offseason upcoming for Schmid, he could make the signings this squad needs in order to compete for the MLS Cup next season.
It looks like the Galaxy are in a similar transition period as they were 10 years ago, when David Beckham joined the team. Will the additions of Los Hermanos Dos Santos kickstart them again, or does the Galaxy need a more fundamental retooling?
We need a more fundamental retooling. The first Dos Santos hasn't been performing at his best for a good season and a half. Will his brother drive him to be better than he has been? That is still to be determined.
I believe that the Galaxy need to invest in more depth. Yes, it's good that the former LA Galaxy II guys are getting MLS minutes, but some of them just aren't cut out for the league just yet.
Between the additions of Bob Bradley as head coach and Carlos Vela as their first DP, LAFC are making a splash. What do you think the Galaxy need to do in order to go toe-to-toe with the “new” guys?
The Galaxy need one more big name signing to get the fans engaged again. Obviously that won't come this year, but with the rumors of Jelle Van Damme leaving at the end of the season, that could free up a bit of funds to bring someone else in.
Who could that be? There's two names that are still at the forefront of this list I believe: Andre-Pierre Gignac and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The front office probably did not want to risk signing an injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the latest transfer window, but that does not mean the interest in him is long gone. I think the opposite is true. With Bob Bradley and Carlos Vela signing for that other LA club, who else could bring in more people to the stadium and compete with LAFC? No one.
However, if you want someone that will produce for a few years more than Ibrahimovic, you go with Gignac. He took a risk by moving from France to the Tigres, but that move has paid off tremendously. And just imagine the French connection that would be Romain Alessandrini and Gignac! Good luck, MLS defenses.
You can watch tonight’s game on ESPN2 and MLS Live.