Heading into this past MLS off-season, 2011 champions LA Galaxy had a couple of roster changes that made us Galaxy fans a bit nervous. Like most fanatics change is the last thing you want to see after winning a championship.
The Beckham saga was on the top of the list for most but I was more concerned with the news of Juninho’s return to Brazil. Juninho was the glue that held the Supporter Shield winner’s midfield together.
The question was who was going to replace him? On December 6th, 2011 the LA Galaxy signed Marcelo Sarvas from Costa Rica’s L.D. Alajuelense. At 30 years old the Brazilian is thought to be an older like-for-like replacement for the 23-year-old Juninho.
Marcelo began his career in Brazil playing for SC Corinthians Paulista in 2003. He moved to Sweden’s 2nd division in 2004. At his second club in as many years he helped Kristianstads FF club gain promotion to Swedish Division 1 football and scored 10 goals along the way. Two more years and two more Swedish clubs later, Marcelo was transferred to Polish club Polonia Warszawa.
During his two-year stint in Poland he made 28 appearances scoring 2 goals in the league and 2 goals in the UEFA Europa League. In 2010 the Brazilian joined L.D. Alajuelense in Costa Rica. He helped the club win a Championship and he featured in the CONCACAF Champions League where LA Galaxy took notice as the two teams met twice.
Sarvas can play in the center of midfield as well as on the left and right. As it turns out Juninho was loaned back to the Galaxy after finding it hard to secure a permanent spot at Sao Paulo.
Now doubled up at the position, if Sarvas turns out to be a decent player, Galaxy fans can take comfort knowing there is strength and depth in the midfield. We really won’t know how good Sarvas is until we see him week in and week out but with Beckham back for two years, Donovan and Juninho returning from other clubs, and the improving Paolo Cardozo the Galaxy midfield seems to be solid.
On other good news, Robbie Keane is returning in great form and Edson Buddle’s return to LA is promising. The only bad news is Omar Gonzalez’s injury will keep him out for most of the season.
This puts pressure on A.J. De La Garza as he usually features with Omar. The Galaxy will miss Gonzalez’s height but will make up for it in AJ’s speed. As a galaxy fan I am feeling pretty good about the 2012 season. I am curious to know how others see it. Will Galaxy be stronger? Can they repeat?
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