Los Angeles Galaxy will play its first match of the new MLS season against Chicago Fire on Sunday. That match will be played at the Home Depot Center which is the home ground of Los Angeles Galaxy.
Galaxy has won the MLS Championship in the last two seasons and they will be looking to complete the treble this time around. However, they will go into the opening match without two of their superstars i.e. David Beckham and Landon Donovan.
Beckham left the club at the end of the last season, while, Donovan is currently on an extended leave and he is expected to miss the first couple of matches.
Meanwhile, the manager of Los Angeles Galaxy, Bruce Arena, has appointed Robbie Keane as the captain of the team. Keane will replace Landon Donovan who had been captaining the team since 2008.
Arena has made it clear that Keane has been appointed as the skipper for the entire season.
Arena said, “We have decided to appoint Robbie Keane as the skipper. He will captain the team till the end of the season. He had performed brilliantly in the last season. So, he is a confident player right now. Also, he has got decent leadership skills. So, he is the right man for this job.”
Keane’s performance for Galaxy in the last MLS season was outstanding. He had found the net 16 times and had also assisted nine goals. These stats clearly suggest that Keane was in great form in the last season.
Because of Keane’s superb performance, the Galaxy management decided to extend his contract in January this year.
In January, Keane had the opportunity to play for the Premier League clubs on loan, but, he didn’t do that. He preferred to rest so that he could get rid of small niggles and could get mentally fresh for the next season.