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LA Galaxy 2024 MLS season preview: Tactics, predicted XI, predictions

LA Galaxy 2024 MLS season preview: Tactics, predicted XI, predictions

After a dismal 2023 campaign, LA Galaxy hope to rebound in 2024 to return to MLS Cup playoffs.

It was a season that many Galaxy fans were excited for after they were so close to reaching the Western Conference finals in 2022, falling 3-2 at the hands of their in-state rivals LAFC. But LA, in head coach Greg Vanney’s third season in charge, were winless through their first four games of the regular season as they dealt with injuries to key players throughout the season.

The Galaxy’s poor form continued for much of the season, as they went on to win just eight games, conceding 67 goals during the 34-game regular season. Vanney’s side were unable to turn things around near the end of the season, failing to pick up three points in their final six games of the campaign to finish in 13th place in the Western Conference.

But after a few key additions on the transfer market and players getting back to full strength, there’s hope that LA will return to relevancy again in 2024 with Vanney on the hot seat.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming season for the five-time MLS Cup winners.

Transfers in

Player

Former Club

Fee

Gabriel Pec

Vasco da Gama

$10m

John McCarthy

LAFC

Free transfer

Miki Yamana

Kawasaki Frontale

Undisclosed

John Nelson

St Louis CITY

Free transfer

Miguel Berry

Atlanta United

Trade

Transfers out

Player

Club Joined

Fee

Michael Barrios

Michael Barrios

Free transfer

Billy Sharp

Hull City

Free transfer

Tyler Boyd

Nashville SC

$150k

Raheem Edwards

CF Montreal

$400k

Tony Alfaro

El Paso Locomotive FC

Free transfer

Preston Judd

San Jose Earthquakes

$195k

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Chivas de Guadelajara

Free transfer

The 2024 season will make or break Vanney’s tenure with LA, as he’s missed the postseason in two out of his three seasons in charge at Dignity Health Sports Park while amassing a 42W-29D-43L record since being appointed in January 2021.

Vanney has gone back and forth between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3 setup, but his current roster is more suited to the latter formation. His team ranked in the top five in average possession during the regular season, and you can expect more of that after the addition of Gabriel Pec from Vasco da Gama and the returning presence of Puig.

Puig, Gaston Brugman, Marco Delgado and Edwin Cerrillo are all able to play their part in the middle of the park by waiting until an opportunity presents itself to make a decisive pass into the final third or open space. On the defensive end, the experienced Japanese duo of Maya Yoshida and Miki Yamane as well as…

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