By, Kyle Gibson
It was a slow start this season, but now the Los Angeles Galaxy is playing superb soccer as the summer heats up.
The team is 4-1-1 in its last six and has catapulted from outside of the playoff picture when July started to 3rd in the east.
The team continued its success Saturday with an impressive 3-1 win at home against Portland.
Why is the success starting now? There are a few reasons.
For one, Gyasi Zardes is turning into a monster before our very eyes. The striker now has 7 goals in 8 games and can be very relentless on an opposing back line and goal. Zardes has even earned USMNT speculation, which is very much deserved.
Zardes and Robbie Keane are becoming the deadliest striker duo in the western conference, rivaling Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins at Seattle.
Also, Robbie Rogers has provided an attacking presence from left back. It was a bold move by Bruce Arena to stick Rogers, a natural midfielder, at left back. There have been a few defensive hiccups for Rogers. Today, a bad Rogers pass resulted in a foul that Diego Valeri turned into an amazing free kick goal.
However (in my Stephen A. Smith voice) Rogers has looked strong in the attack, knowing when to get forward and when he can commit. In some ways, I think he can also give Landon Donovan some breaks when he advances. It’s kind of like the role Patrice Evra played so well with Manchester United over the years.
The Galaxy plays San Jose, Columbus, Colorado and Vancouver in its next 4 league games. This team could provide a heavy challenge to the Seattle Sounders for the status of best in the west very soon.
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