On today’s show, we talk with LA Galaxy President Chris Klein about offseason moves and new signings.
CoG Studios, CA – Chris Klein has had a busy offseason. The LA Galaxy President has had to deal with losing the best coach in MLS History, his entire coaching staff and an exodus of players that sounds like a 2008 all-star roster. But fortunately for us, he has the time to call-in to the show, and he’ll talk about everything we can throw at him.
Your host, Josh Guesman, will discuss the busy offseason and touch on topics like the coaching hunt, how they decided on Curt Onalfo and how Onalfo’s job has changed moving from LA Galaxy II to the senior team.
They guys will also touch on losing players like Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Mike Magee, Landon Donovan and others and what the philosophy of the team will be going into a brand new season.
Klein will also answer questions on why the Galaxy traded AJ DeLaGarza, and what is meant by making the team more flexible. And how a difficult decision like that is made.
With the LA Galaxy announcing the signing of Jermaine Jones, Chris will answer questions about age and if the team is worried about the longevity of such a move. Is the team taking a gamble on another set of 35-year old legs? And what is the right “mix” of youth and experience for this LA team?
Then Klein will talk about newly signed João Pedro. Did the team have to change the way they scouted to find a 23-year old Portuguese player? And where do the Galaxy see him lining up? And what does that mean for Sebastian Lletget?
Finally, Josh and Chris discuss the decision to allow the Chargers to make their temporary home at StubHub Center. Did AEG force this move? How much control do the LA Galaxy have, and is the team concerned about LAFC having a “Soccer Specific” stadium in downtown that they won’t be sharing with an NFL team?
As always, we feel very lucky to have Chris Klein on our show on a regular basis. Thank you to the LA Galaxy organization for making him available to us.
It’s been a bunch of busy days for us at the podcast, and we’re glad we can share all this time with you.