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What are the Galaxy's rivals up to?

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It's been just over a week since MLS Cup and some of the Galaxy's nearby rivals are already busy strengthening their squads.

As our friends at Stumptown Footy have reported, the Timbers have wasted little time acquiring talent, adding veteran Real Salt Lake center back Nat Borchers, Ghanian World Cup goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, Columbian winger Dairon Asprilla and Brazilian fullback Jeanderson.

And yet the biggest news has to come out of Seattle, with the news that RSL general manager Garth Lagerway looks set to join the Sounders front office. (The move isn't official yet, but with Craig Waibel being promoted to technical director, it's all but a done deal)

The architect of Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup winning team, Lagerway turned RSL into a title contender playing attractive possession-based soccer every season despite working with limited resources. Well-respected around the league, it's a good bet his inclusion into the Sounders organization makes Seattle more competitive in the long-run.

Should be Galaxy necessarily be worried? Admittedly, the Lagerway move is a smart one for the Sounders.

However, LA is mostly satisfied with their lineup. Obviously the Galaxy need to replace Landon, and ideally another midfielder would be nice, but the organization has the patience and the experience to find the right players during the off-season.