Best Players For the Los Angeles Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy are one of the most storied franchises in the MLS. Being located in the epicenter of American entertainemnt, the Galaxy have been in the spotlight since getting David Beckham on the transfer wire.
This list is in no particular order, and you probably will not agree with me on all of these selections. If I missed anyone major, just leave a comment with the players' name, and I'll add him.
Landon Donovan is arguably the best player in the history of the MLS. Donovan is only 27, but he is currently 6th on the all time MLS regular season scoring list. He has won Honda Player of the Year five times, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. He won the MLS golden boot in 2008. Donovan has 58 career goals with Los Angeles, in addition of 32 with San Jose.
David Beckham. Even though he tried to leave the Galaxy after two seasons, proved to his teammates that he's a cheepskate, and tried to control the Galaxy from the top down, he is the biggest athlete in the history of professional sports, and deserves to be on this list. He has just five goals for the Galaxy in 20 games.
Alexi Lalas may be among the most influential American soccer minds ever. Lalas was also GM of the Galaxy from 2006-2008. The Galaxy was the last stop on Lalas' career, playing in 69 matches and scoring seven goals from 2001-2003.
Cienfuegos, from El Salvador, spent most of his career with the Galaxy, appearing in 207 matches and scoring 35 goals in a career that spanned from 1996-2003.
Elliot, from New Zealand, spent most of his career with Los Angeles. Elliot played for the Galaxy from 1999-2003, appearing in 126 matches, scoring ten goals. Elliot is currently is with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Hartman is a goalkeeper currently with the Kansas City Wizards. But Hartman played nine seasons with the Galaxy, from 1997 to 2006. Hartman has the most victories of any goalkeeper in MLS history with 138. He has 77 shutouts, the most in MLS history, and set the Galaxy for saves in a game with 12.
The Mexican born Hernandez played just 30 games for teh Galaxy from 2000 to 2001, but he scored 13 goals in those 30 games. However, he wasn't as good with the Galaxy as he was with the club that he was on before, UANL Tigres of La Primera Divison, where he scored 39 goals in 64 games.
Jones is the only player in the history of the LA Galaxy to have his number (13) retired. In 305 matches over 11 years (1996 to 2007), Jones scored 70 goals. Jones retired after the 2007 season.
Hurtado has probably been on more clubs than any other player in the history of professional football transfers. And he started playing in 1991. He played from 1995-1997 with the Galaxy, being loaned out twice. In his first stint with LA, 1995 to 1996, he scored 21 goals in 30 games.
Ruiz, from Guatemala, played in 72 matches for the Galaxy from 2002 to 2005, then joined the Galaxy for 10 more games in 2008. He scored 50 goals for LA durning his first stint with the Galaxy, and one more goal during his second stint.
The Brazillian born Welton had the prime of his career while he was with the Galaxy, from 1997 to 1998. He played 69 games for the Galaxy, and scored 38 goals in those matches. Welton came from the New England Revolution, and left the Galaxy for the Miami Fusion.
Chris Albright is now with the New England Revolution. The defender has been a fan favorite for the Galaxy, especially when he puts up offensive numbers. He socred seven goals for the Galaxy in 125 games over six years from 2002 to 2008 for the Galaxy.
Hendrickson is another fan favorite defender. Hendrickson is currently on Seattle Sounders FC as an assistant coach. Hendrickson spent the majority of his career, playing 139 games from 1997 to 2003. He scored 17 goals during that time for the Galaxy.
Vagenas is currently on Seattle Sounders FC, but the midfielder spent eight years on the Galaxy, from 2000 to 2008. He played in 183 matches for the Galaxy, and scored 14 goals. Vagenas has a local tie, as he was born in Pasadena, California and went to UCLA.
Paul Caligiuri had a 16 year career, who spent most of his career with the Galaxy. From 1997 to 2001. The defenseman/midfielder scored eight goals in 136 games for the Galaxy.