Sigi Schmid has already started LA Galaxy rebuilding plans
LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid has begun the club's rebuilding plans for the next campaign after they were ousted from the playoff race.
Galaxy's elimination was officially confirmed on Wednesday night after FC Dallas' 2-0 triumph over Colorado Rapids rendered the Galaxy's 3-3 draw versus Houston Dynamo academic.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Schmid admitted that the evaluating period of his players is ongoing following a dismal campaign in Major League Soccer, he said: "There needs to be some work done down the middle of the field. We started the looking process [for new players]. Certainly, it's not completed at this stage, but we have started the process of looking at things."
The 64-year-old has not quite found the balance through his squad with the goalkeeping position, in particular, involving a constant three-man rotation between Clement Diop, Brian Rowe, and Jon Kempin. The backline has also experienced its fair share of upheaval after Jelle van Damme opted for a return to Belgium whilst Daniel Steres suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, which typically ended his season.
Goalscoring has been another major concern for the former Western Conference giants, and Schmid has himself admitted that he needs a goal getter who 'can do some of the things that Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan did.' Despite this, Schmid has insisted that the team will not change its overall philosophy, although the build-up of the roster for next year would be different from the present campaign.
He added: "I think the depth of the team needs to get better because it allows us to improve the quality of training, and with that, it will improve our level of play."
The Galaxy are currently at the bottom of the Western Conference with 29 points and their only motivation could be to finish ahead of 10th place Colorado Rapids, who hold a one-point advantage.