With the later half of the MLS SuperDraft (don't call it the Supplemental Draft) happening tomorrow with the LA Galaxy holding one more pick, and the imminent signing of Stefan Ishizaki, it's worth taking another look at the LA depth chart as first presented by mlssoccer.com. It's remarkable how much the roster has changed in a week, with potentially four new faces and a fan favorite no longer around.
LA Galaxy Depth Chart: [31 Players]
Goalkeepers (4): Jaime Penedo, Carlo Cudicini, Brian Perk, Brian Rowe
Right Backs (2): A.J. DeLaGarza, Oscar Sorto
Left Backs (3): Todd Dunivant, Bryan Gaul, Greg Cochrane
Center Backs (5): Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare, [Kyle Venter]
Center Mids (4): Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Kenney Walker, Rafael Garcia
Left Wingers (2): Robbie Rogers, Gyasi Zardes
Right Wingers (1): [Stefan Ishizaki]
Attacking Mids (1): Baggio Husidic
Forwards (9): Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Samuel, Jack McBean, Charlie Rugg, Chandler Hoffman, Rob Friend, [Raul Mendiola], [Bradford Jamieson]
International slots (1 of 7 remaining): Carlo Cudicini, Leonardo, Jaime Penedo, Marcelo Sarvas, Rob Friend, [Stefan Ishizaki]
For the most part that depth chart fits into Bruce Arena's 4-4-2 except for Husidic who's listed in a diamond position. When the Galaxy go with more of a diamond Juninho is the DM with Sarvas the AM, so Husidic and Sarvas are fighting for a spot while Juninho still stands with a huge drop-off between him and his relief.
In my draft prep article I used starts instead of natural position, which has the benefit of showing where else those nine forwards can play. Ishizaki looks so much more necessary when you realize the Galaxy traded away the only natural right winger they had left. However, keep in mind that Rogers and Donovan have also started there.
It's also worth noting that this depth chart doesn't include Michael Stephens who is out of contract, but expected to return. Fifi Baiden is still out there in the draft, as pundits like myself may have overrated him, but we'll see if he can fall as far as LA would need him to.