Early in the season, hopes were high for the Los Angeles Blues, with the acquisition of Walter Gaitan. However, his time was cut short, and the team struggled to produce, posting an 8-9-7 record (33 points), and they were eliminated from the Division Semi-Finals by the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2.
A roster overhaul had to be made, and numerous players from different nationalities and persuasions were picked up. One of those international players: goalkeeper Jose Miranda, who played for the Cuban National Team before defecting to the United States.
“You just sense that the Blues are headed in a good direction and that everyone in the club is on the same page, from (owner) Ali (Mansouri) to (manager) Charlie (Naimo) and the entire rest of the staff,” Miranda told Gunnar Berndt of LABluesProSoccer.com. “I like that they want to win, and I think that has to be the players’ mindset too.
"Given the team we have, we need to aim to get to the final. My personal goal is to be the starter and really gel with the backline."
With all the new acquisitions that Charlie Naimo is acquiring, the question is simple: will they result in victories across the board?
Los Angeles will answer that question on Apr. 14, when they host the Rochester Rhinos at Titan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.