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Offside with Taylor Twellman: MLS Season Pass Analysis

 Offside with Taylor Twellman: MLS Season Pass Analysis

LA Galaxy's forward #28 Joseph Paintsil
Inter Miami FC's Argentinian forward #10 Lionel Messi vies with LA Galaxy's forward #28 Joseph Paintsil during the MLS football match between the LA Galaxy and Inter Miami FC at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 25, 2024 in Carson California.(Image-Getty) 

In the recent episode of "Offside with Taylor Twellman," the MLS Season Pass analyst delves into the standout performances of LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, and Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).

1. LA Galaxy's Reinvented Attack:

- LA Galaxy made significant moves in the winter transfer window, investing approximately $20 million to secure DP wingers Joseph Paintsil and Gabriel Pec.

- Both debutants showcased promise alongside midfielder Riqui Puig and forward Dejan Joveljic during LA's 1-1 draw against Inter Miami CF.

- Twellman notes the transformation of LA Galaxy's attack, highlighting the potential for Joveljic to thrive with the support of his new teammates.

2. Portland Timbers' Commanding Performance:

- Under Phil Neville's management, Portland Timbers secured a dominant 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

- Players like Antony and Eryk Williamson stood out, earning spots on the Team of the Matchday despite missing key figures like DP midfielder Evander and star goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau due to injury and green card issues, respectively.

- Twellman praises Portland's unexpected strength and flexibility, acknowledging Phil Neville's efforts to revitalize the team and usher in a new era.

3. LAFC's Evolution Without Carlos Vela:

- LAFC embarked on the new season without iconic player Carlos Vela, alongside several other key departures from the previous season.

- Despite the absence of Vela and other stars, LAFC displayed resilience and talent in their 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.

- Notable performances from new signings like goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and left-back Omar Campos, as well as the return of Eduard Atuesta, signal a promising start for LAFC.

- Twellman speculates on LAFC's future, particularly regarding the No. 9 position and potential signings, including rumors surrounding Antoine Griezmann.

The analysis offers insights into the evolving dynamics of MLS teams and sets the stage for intriguing matchups in the upcoming fixtures.

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