LA Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney on how Victor Vazquez may help Chicharito and the roster’s missing pieces

As Greg Vanney continues his makeover of the LA Galaxy roster, the membership unveiled a well-recognized face to the new head coach on Wednesday within the form of newest signing Victor Vazquez. The midfielder was a part of Vanney’s 2017 Toronto FC side that received the domestic treble and alerts the head coach’s priorities for his new team in attack.

“Arguably, he’s probably the most intelligent soccer players that I’ve ever been round,” Vanney said in a digital press conference Wednesday. “His potential to prepare the sport, perceive what the sport wants, visions for the final cross, his management inside our group I believe goes to be necessary as we, once more, set up the tradition and the imaginative and prescient shifting forward and his technical potential is off the charts however his thoughts is as fast as anybody I’ve ever seen.”

Vanney additionally talked about how Vazquez can help forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who has but to actually launch himself within the league after scoring solely twice in 12 video games last year.

“His recognition of issues is great,” Vanney said of Vazquez. “I believe for a player like Javier who, once more, considered one of his strengths is his working and his actions and second and third runs to get himself open, a man like Victor goes to acknowledge these runs and put the ball the place he wants it.”

Along with Vazquez, the team added one other attacking player once they formally signed winger Samuel Grandsir from Monaco last week. Nonetheless, Vanney admitted that roster development stays ongoing.

That features probably re-signing Cristian Pavon after his loan led to December and he returned to Boca Juniors. 

“I don’t suppose [signing Samuel Grandsir] essentially signifies we’re shifting on from Cristian,” Vanney said. “We’re persevering with to look to construct the roster, whether or not that’s with Cristian or with out Cristian continues to be somewhat bit to be decided. Samuel was going to be added no matter whether or not Cristian was right here or not. He’s one other piece. There’s one other wing that must be crammed and there may be one or two extra.”

In February, Pavon had surgical procedure on each ankles that was anticipated to maintain him out for 2 months. Earlier this month, he was charged with rape in Argentina and ordered by a court docket to offer testimony on his cost on March 23. He has denied the allegations.

“To be candid, I believe all choices are on the table,” Vanney added. “We have to continue to move forward, preserve our choices open and preserve taking a look at prospects, assess the scenario and when it’s time to move and get it finalized or move and move on, we must be ready to do so. I believe when these conclusions are met and are clear, we’ll be ready for both one and in order that’s our duty right here over the following few weeks, to try to get readability on this complete scenario.”

The coach believes his roster stays incomplete, particularly with the truth that the variety of international exercise this year means a number of key Galaxy players will seemingly miss a number of weeks of the season with their national teams. For the upcoming international window on the end of the month, the Galaxy might be with out the US males’s national team’s Sebastian Lletget and Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos and Efrain Alvarez.

“We have to continue to make certain that we’ve got choices,” Vanney said. “A few of these, we’ve got in home now and some, one or two, we in all probability want so as to add. Clearly, Victor offers us with somewhat little bit of that on the attacking midfield side however we in all probability nonetheless want to supply somewhat little bit of depth, a minimum of yet another man in the midst of midfield as we continue to construct our group.”

The group Vanney is working with in preseason presently contains LA Galaxy II defender Mauricio Cuevas and forward Augustine Williams, with Vanney sharing that Williams has discovered “methods to score goals” to date in preseason. Evidently, for now, the youthful players within the team stay long-term initiatives, and {that a} roster that enables for rotation is key.

“We just have to have depth in all of those positions that we are able to rely on,” he said.


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