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LA Galaxy near top of MLS Watchability Rankings

Not bad, all things considered

MLS: Columbus Crew at Los Angeles Galaxy Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Guardian recently posted a list of the league’s most watchable teams from top to bottom, and its a good one. (As author Tom Bogert duly notes, the clubs aren’t judged on quality but the nebulous “watchability” factor)

How did the LA Galaxy fare? Bogart accurately describes the situation unfolding at the StubHub Center: A charismatic world-class striker leading an attack less than the sum of its parts. Also kudos to the author for recognizing’s Alessandrini’s brilliance.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11goals in 973 minutes) was born to play in Hollywood. And there’s still life in those 36-year-old legs. Just for his elusive ability to create magic, neutrals should be tuning in. Bonus points for Zlatan’s humor, knack for big moments and vivid quotes.

Romain Alessandrini is criminally underrated and the Galaxy continue to impatiently wait for Gio dos Santos to perform at a level even remotely resembling his 2016 season.

While the attack has been anemic most of the season, Saturday’s blowout win over the Crew could signal a turning point for Sigi Schmid’s side. With many of the Galaxy’s attacking pieces finally healthy and available, the team is more adequately equipped to execute in the final third.