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Judging from the first spat of preseason matches, this is the Galaxy depth chart going into the season opener. Things, as they say, can change in a heartbeat.
Based on how preseason matches have proceeded, here are the best guesses at the LA Galaxy depth chart as it currently stands:
1. Carlo Cudicini, 2. Brian Perk, 3. Brian Rowe
It seems fair to assume that baring an injury Carlo Cudicini will be the opening day keeper. The Galaxy are full at the position, with the oft forgotten Brian Rowe taking the third keeper spot. It was thought that Brian Perk might get a chance to compete for the top keeper spot with Josh Saunders now on trail at Real Salt Lake. The arrival of Cudicini put that theory to bed, but a renegotiated contract should keep the backup keeper from being such a burden on the budget.
Center Back: 1. Omar Gonzalez, 2. A.J. DeLaGarza, 3. Tommy Meyer, 4. Leonardo, 5. Kofi Opare
These are the players the Galaxy have used so far this preseason at the center back position. Omar Gonzalez and A.J. DeLaGarza spent time with the United States national team January camp and then Gonzalez got called up for the World Cup Qualifier in Honduras. Behind them Tommy Meyer showed good stuff last year, and will see time with an impacted schedule. Leonardo is a bit of a wildcard, as there's been high hope for him for a long time that injury has interrupted. Again with an impacted schedule he should see time. Kofi Opare is a recent draft pick, he got some second half time with DeLaGarza when the Galaxy scrimmaged Real Salt Lake.
Outside Backs: 1. Todd Dunivant, 2. Sean Franklin, 3. Brian Gaul, 4. Oscar Sorto
Seeing it spelled out in list form shows the Galaxy are only two deep at the outside backs. Again, with the entire 2011-12 back four returning, Dunivant and Franklin possess the top two spots. Brian Gaul didn't see too much time with the senior team, but with the impacted schedule he and new homegrown signing Oscar Sorto should see some time. Good to see Sorto with a shot to make an impact right away.
Center Mid: 1. Juninho, 2. Marcelo Sarvas, 3. Rafael Garcia , 4. Andy Reimer (Paul Arriola)
With Juninho just getting back in the swing of things, Marcelo Sarvas and Rafael Garcia have started the preseason matches against LA Blues and Real Salt Lake. I think we'll see an opening day pairing of Juninho and Sarvas. Andy Reimer is a supplimental draft pick, but Paul Arriola is an academy player who signed a letter of intent to play at UCLA. He is in brackets, but he's gotten an honest look at center midfielder this preseason. Hector Jimenez played a little center mid this preseason, but if he's gonna crack into the starting XI again it's going to be at outside mid.
Outside Mid: 1. Ghost of Landon Donovan, 2. Colin Clark, 3. Hector Jimenez, 4. Michael Stephens, 5. Greg Cochrane, 6. Gyasi Zardes
The ghost of Landon Donovan holds onto the number one outside midfielder spot, even though we only know that he's planning to come back at some point this year. Michael Stephens recently returned from injury, and Hector Jimenez got an honest look last year. Colin Clark is probably a sure bet to start the Galaxy's home opener. The other outside mid is going to depend on if Landon Donovan is back more than anything. If he isn't, is an open competition between Hector Jimenez and Michael Stephens, with Mike Magee looking like he's gonna partner with Robbie Keane to kick things off. Gyasi Zardes has played some midfield this season, but that's not where the Galaxy are looking for him to make an impact.
1. Robbie Keane, 2. Ghost of Landon Donovan, 3. Mike Magee, 4. Jack McBean, 5. Jose Villarreal, 6. Andy Reimer
The question here is who will partner with Robbie Keane. Mike Magee has partnered with him in two preseason games, but youngsters Jack McBean and Jose Villarreal are going to state their case in the run up the regular season. I doubt either of them gets the nod come the season opener, it'll be either Mike Magee or Landon Donovan in material form. For now, the ghost of Landon Donovan holds the spot, but as with outside mid that's assuming Donovan comes back with enough time to get match fit. Zardes hasn't played up top yet, but I expect him to make a splash at some point.