With the 2019 MLS season in the books, MLS Multiplex is taking a look at the best XI that each team was able to put out during the 2019 campaign. This time, we take a look at the 2019 campaign of the LA Galaxy.
After agonisingly missing out on the playoffs in 2018, last season, the Los Angeles Galaxy finished fifth in the Western Conference to qualify for the postseason. They defeated Minnesota United to become the only road side to make it through to the Conference semi-finals but then fell in the first postseason El Trafico, with LAFC putting five past them to end the playoff run for the Galaxy.
This was the first time that the LA Galaxy qualified for the playoffs since 2016, their longest stint out of the postseason since 2006-2008. They also reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open Cup, the furthest they have gone in the premier cup competition in the States since 2005, when they won the trophy.
The Galaxy may not have lifted any silverware in 2019, but they definitely had some amazing performers, but who makes it into their best starting XI? (Ratings from WhoScored)
David Bingham (6.87)
The LA Galaxy’s starting goalkeeper in 2019 was David Bingham, a man who has spent his entire career in California. He missed just a single game in both the regular season and playoffs throughout the campaign.
It is the fourth season out of his last five in which the shot-stopper has played in at least 33 regular-season matches, with Bingham having been an ever-present in 2015, 2016 and 2018. This was perhaps his best year of the lot, leading MLS in saves and stopping 4.39 goals more than what the expected goals conceded. A terrific season.