It was announced yesterday that the New York Red Bulls had acquired the top allocation spot in a deal with Montreal, and it was widely speculated that they were making a play at long time Galaxy target, Sacha Kljestan. These speculations were realized today when New York pulled the trigger on the deal Galaxy fans have been dreading.
So now where does that leave us? Marcelo Sarvas is gone; yet another sacrificial lamb in the conquest of Sacha Kljestan. Perhaps that's unfair, as it seems clear that Sarvas wanted out, but that's certainly going to be the sentiment among Galaxy fans, who are,in large part, incredibly angry over the entire situation.
But can the Galaxy right the ship? Adam Serrano caught up with Bruce Arena the other day, and Bruce had this to say:
"We’re confident where we are we’re going to get a good player to match our needs. In all honesty I don’t think it matters whether we get our first choice player, second choice player or third choice player. We’re in good shape."
Bruce further went on to say, "we’ll bring someone in sometime and I would say certainly before July. We’ll try to bring in somebody in February or March. If we can’t do that now then maybe a little bit later."
So it sounds like the club has back-up options. As of now, it is unclear who these back up options are, but it certainly sounds like we can still expect another attacking piece to be added within the next two or three months. As the roster stands now, however, the Galaxy might have to lean on a couple of Galaxy II players such as Auras and Bradford Jamieson IV until that help arrives, or even consider moving Robbie Rogers to left mid now that Todd Dunivant is healthy.
Regardless, it's time to see what this team and front office are made of. Who do we sign? How do we cope? Will the youngsters step up to the plate? At the end of the day, however, I'm comforted by the fact that this is the Los Angles frickin Galaxy we're talking about. To put it simply, this is an organization that knows how to win. From top to bottom, this organization does it right, and though we may be venturing into uncharted waters, we do so on the finest vessel and with the finest crew.