LA Galaxy: 7 Bold Predictions for David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Company
This 2011 MLS season has been the year of the Los Angeles Galaxy, and there's still so much more they could add to their play.
LA lead the league in wins and win goal differential, and they boast some of the greatest players in MLS.
With all this success, it's hard to imagine the team achieving more than they already have, but here are seven bold predictions for the rest of the Galaxy's season.
Chad Barrett Finishes with 8 Goals or More This Season
Sure, it's a stretch but that's the fun of bold predictions.
Chad Barrett has logged four goals in 2011 for the Galaxy, which is a quarter of the goals he scored during his time with Toronto FC.
Barrett is an excellent attacking talent, which is probably why he was the third overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
The young forward scored nine goals in his rookie season, and with four already logged this year and plenty of soccer left to be played, there's no reason he can't do it again.
The Galaxy Finish with the Best Record in the MLS
The Galaxy currently hold a four game lead over the Seattle Sounders, and with the way LA has been playing over the past few months don't expect them to be dethroned.
Over the past two months, LA has only lost three matches, and only one in August. Another fun fact: only one of those losses was a MLS regular season game.
The Sounders are playing great soccer this season, but Bruce Arena's squad is just on a whole other level this season. This team could very well make this bold prediction a reality over the next few months of play.
David Beckham Finishes the Season with the Most Assists in the League
Say what you want about David Beckham's time in the MLS, but when he's been on the field for the Galaxy he's produced.
In 2008 and 2009, the English superstar had a combined 54 assists for his American club, and has logged 12 in 21 games this season.
Beckham currently finds himself second on the list of the league's top assist leaders, but even at 36 years old there's still a fair chance he finishes 2011 as the leader in this stat category.
Landon Donovan Wins the 2011 Golden Boot Award
It's been a few years since Landon Donovan was awarded the Golden Boot award, but perhaps the two will be reunited by the end of this season.
Henry may not be the player he used to be, but he still possesses that knack for finding the back of the net, so this race could prove to be a tight one.
However, with the way LA is playing right now, and with Irish star Robbie Keane recently brought into the fold, Donovan might find himself atop the MLS in scoring for the second time in his illustrious career.
Robbie Keane Scores 9 or More Goals by the End of the Season
The last few seasons for Robbie Keane have seen the Irishman don many different jerseys, but the blue and yellow of LA will be his permanent one for the next two seasons at least.
Keane is a proven himself as a goalscorer during his time with Tottenham Hotspur in one of the most competitive soccer leagues on the planet, the English Premier League.
Keane adds to an already deadly attack of Landon Donovan, Chad Barrett and David Beckham for Galaxy, and was able to post a goal in his first game for his new club.
The Irish superstar scored 12 goals in 16 games for Celtic FC while on loan from Tottenham last year. Imagine how many he could score with his new team with months to play.
Robbie Keane Rejuvenates His International Presence
There's no question that Keane is the most recognizable talent on the Irish national team but, as alluded to before, their top goalscoring threat has been something of a journeyman at club level recently.
With talent such as Luka Modric, Jermaine Defoe and Rafeal van der Vaart keeping him out of starting 11, there was little room for Keane at Tottenham, this being the reason behind his loan moves to Celtic and West Ham United the past few seasons.
Though the MLS isn't anywhere near as prestigious and respected as the English Premier League, the former Spurs star should follow suit with Beckham and Henry and be able to tear up the competition in the United States.
And regardless of where the success comes from, Keane will revitalize his name in soccer and establish a huge presences stateside.
Los Angeles Wins the MLS Cup
The best record in the league at the moment, dominant play from Beckham and Donovan and the now the arrival of Robbie Keane to an already formidable squad, puts LA within perfect striking distance of the MLS Cup.
Yes there are still a few months left of play in the season, but the Galaxy will, at the very least, finish with the best record within the Western Conference, and earn themselves a high seeding in the playoffs.
They will then dominate the postseason with their deadly attack and consistent defense, they should be able to return to the finals for the first time since 2009.
The sting of the loss that year to Real Salt Lake is still with many members of that Los Angeles squad, and they'll be looking to medicate it by hoisting the league cup in the months to come.