LA Galaxy Insider Year In Review: Forwards

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy’s 2016 was a tumultuous one filled with brilliant goals and frustrating moments for Bruce Arena’s men, ultimately ending in a penalty kick shootout defeat in the Western Conference Semifinals.  

As we look back on 2016, LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano will provide a review of each position. The LA Galaxy Insider Year in Review will begin with goalkeepers and then move up the field to defenders, midfielders, and forwards. Several select players will also have their own review, based on the number of appearances made.


FORWARDS

MIKE MAGEE

APPEARANCES IN ALL OFFICIAL COMPETITIONS:

Games Played: 38 (30 in MLS regular season, three in MLS Cup Playoffs, three in U.S. Open Cup, two CONCACAF Champions League)

Games Started: 20 (16 in MLS regular season, one in MLS Cup Playoffs, three in U.S. Open Cup)

GOALS: 7 (six in MLS regular season, one in U.S. Open Cup)

ASSISTS: 4 (four in MLS regular season)

GIOVANI DOS SANTOS

GP: 36 (28 in MLS regular season, three in MLS Cup Playoffs, two in U.S. Open Cup, two in CONCACAF Champions League)

GS: 32 (27 in MLS regular season, three in MLS Cup Playoffs, two in CONCACAF Champions League)

G: 16 (14 in MLS regular season, one in CONCACAF Champions League, one in U.S. Open Cup)

A: 14 (12 in MLS regular season, one in MLS Cup Playoffs, one in U.S. Open Cup)

ALAN GORDON

GP: 29 (22 in MLS regular season, three in MLS Cup Playoffs, four in U.S. Open Cup)

GS: 13 (seven in MLS regular season, three in MLS Cup Playoffs, three in U.S. Open Cup)

G: 3 (two in MLS regular season, one in MLS Cup Playoffs)

A: 1 (one in MLS regular season, two in MLS Cup Playoffs)

GYASI ZARDES

GP: 23 (19 in MLS regular season, two in U.S. Open Cup, two in CONCACAF Champions League)

GS: 19 (17 in MLS regular season, two in CONCACAF Champions League)

G: 6 (in MLS regular season)

A: 7 (five in MLS regular season, two in Open Cup)

ROBBIE KEANE

GP: 22 (17 in MLS regular season, two in CONCACAF Champions League, three in MLS Cup Playoffs)

GS: 18 (16 in MLS regular season, two in CONCACAF Champions League)

G: 10 (in MLS regular season)

A: 3 (in MLS regular season)

JOSE VILLARREAL

GP: 4 (three in the MLS regular season, one in U.S. Open Cup)

GS: 1 (one in U.S. Open Cup)

G: 1 (in U.S. Open Cup)

A: 0

ARIEL LASSITER

GP: 3 (three in MLS regular season)

GS: 2 (three in MLS regular season)

G: 0

A: 0

BRADFORD JAMIESON IV

GP: 3 (three in MLS regular season)

GS: 0 (three in MLS regular season)

G: 0

A: 0


HIGHLIGHTS:

The 2016 campaign was a passing of the torch for the LA Galaxy’s forward corps.

Giovani dos Santos assumed the mantle as the Galaxy’s top attacking threat in his first full season with the club. With Robbie Keane absent or dealing with an injury, Dos Santos shined notching a team-high 16 goals and 14 assists in all competitions. The Mexican striker ended the campaign with his first career Best XI nod.

Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon also put forth highly productive seasons with six and three goals respectively. In his fourth full season, Zardes matured into a top tier center forward and the perfect complement for Dos Santos. When Zardes went down with an injury, Gordon filled in perfectly in his absence. Despite missing considerable time, Keane ended the season with 10 goals, which was his second-lowest mark of his Galaxy career. 

Mike Magee led all forwards in appearances with 38 across all competitions. The 32-year-old notched six goals and four assists which equalized his third best total for each category.


LOWLIGHTS:

Injuries and inconsistencies ravaged the LA Galaxy’s forward corps in what was an exasperating 2016 campaign.

Robbie Keane was particularly limited in 2016, with just 22 appearances across all competitions. Keane’s appearance total dwindled to the lowest mark since his debut season due to his lengthy departure for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 and a nagging groin injury that hindered him down the stretch.  Keane ended the campaign with just 10 goals and three assists.

The late season injury to Gyasi Zardes ultimately became a turning point in the Galaxy’s season. On August 30, the Galaxy announced that Zardes would miss the remainder of the campaign due to a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Zardes’ absence proved crushing to the Galaxy’s title hopes as they missed his hard-working presence in the attack, particularly in their postseason defeat to the Colorado Rapids.

The Galaxy’s younger forward contingent of Jose Villarreal, Bradford Jamieson IV, and Ari Lassiter saw limited minutes with neither player making more than four appearances across all competitions. Only Villarreal was able to notch a goal (in Open Cup play) while Lassiter was the lone one of the three that made a first team start.  


OVERVIEW

The Robbie Keane era is over in Los Angeles, but the time of Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes has just begun.

Dos Santos and Zardes will be the main components of the new Galaxy attack heading into the 2017 season. Although Keane and midfielder Steven Gerrard are gone, the two attackers will give the Galaxy one of the league’s best forward tandems right away.

Although the two stars will be the focal points of the attack in 2017, under the Galaxy’s new head coach, youngsters like Jack McBean, Jose Villarreal, and Bradford Jamieson IV should receive further opportunities to solidify a place in the lineup.

Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at LAGalaxy.com/insider and contact him atLAGalaxyInsider@Gmail.com.   

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