Could we see a former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder in Blue White and Gold soon?
Metro is reporting that Minnesota United FC are looking to move unsettled winger Miguel Ibarra. The 27-year-old was expected to play a vital role for manager Adrian Heath’s side in 2017 but struggled to hold onto a starting job, contributing three goals and four assists in 29 appearances.
A source from Minnesota, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells Metro that several teams have already inquired about the player. Among the clubs interested in Ibarra are “Los Angeles [Galaxy], Seattle, NYC FC and Portland," per the source. All four teams have expressed interest in making a move for the unsettled player.
You may be tempted to point out the Galaxy roster is already stacked with midfielders and well, I don’t blame you.
However, LA do lack depth: Assuming Sebastian Lletget plays in the No. 6 role he thrived in before his unfortunate layoff, the options on the wings bear some examination. Romain Alessandrini is a godsend but susceptible to injury. Emmanuel Boateng lacks the stamina to go 90 minutes every week. You can’t stick Giovani dos Santos at the position, and his brother Jona is best utilized in the center of the park. Bradford Jamieson IV was a bright spot at the tail end of this season and deserves to see more time in 2018 (Play your kids!), but you don’t want to be dependent on the Homegrown Player.
The only potential hurdle is Ibarra’s premium salary ($290,004), but if the former Leon man has something left in the tank, its entirely possible the technical two-way winger could make an impact in LA.