Over The Hill for Another Year

Written by David Orona

 

THE L.A. GALAXY HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF SIGNING OVER THE HILL PLAYERS.

 

Last week, USMNT and former Colorado midfielder Jermaine Jones was seen attending a Laker game with the newly named General Manager of the LA Galaxy, Peter Vagenas and Galaxy President Chris Klein.  Galaxy twitter proceeded to freak out.

The 35 year old midfielder has been making his way West since joining the league in 2014.  After a short stint with New England, he moved to Colorado and it looks like he will now probably land in LA.  Jones has said that he wants to get back to DP status as he was when he came into the League but, at his age, he is probably no longer valued even half of the league maximum of $457,500. 

THIS IS THE LA GALAXY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HOWEVER.  THEY HAVE HAD A LONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH “OVER THE HILL” PLAYERS LONG BEFORE BRUCE ARENA STARTED BRINGING IN HIS TRUSTED VETERANS THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH. 


     Carlos Hermosillo - 1998-1999

 

Carlos Hermosillo - 1998-1999

Carlos Hermosillo

1998-1999

The 34 year-old Mexican striker played 45 games for the club and had 19 goals and 16 assists for the club across all competitions. 


Luis Hernandez

2000-2001

The 34 year-old Mexican striker played 45 games for the club and had 19 goals and 16 assists for the club across all competitions. 

 Luis Hernandez - 2000-2001

Luis Hernandez - 2000-2001


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span.s1 {font-kerning: none}    Hong Myung Bo - 2003-2004

Hong Myung Bo - 2003-2004

Hong Myung Bo

2003 - 2004

The 34 year old South Korean defender played 46 games and had 4 assists. 


Andreas Herzog

2004

The former USMNT assistant coach spent only a season with LA recording 4 goals and 7 assists as a 35 year-old

 Andreas Herzog - 2004

Andreas Herzog - 2004


 Carlos Pavon - 2007

Carlos Pavon - 2007

Carlos Pavon

2007

At 34, the Honduran forward only played 23 games, recording 4 goals and 0 assists. 


Abel Xavier

2007

At 35 the Portuguese defender was known more for his bleached hair than his play on the field.  He still managed to get 4 assists in the 27 games he played. 

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span.s1 {font-kerning: none}    Abel Xavier - 2007

Abel Xavier - 2007


 Juan Pablo Angel - 2011

Juan Pablo Angel - 2011

 

juan pablo angel

2011

The 36 year-old Colombian was signed to a DP deal and played 22 games for LA recording 3 goals and 1 assist. 


 

carlo cudicini

2013

The 39 year old Italian “goalkeeper” had 7 shut outs and 39 saves in 25 games for LA.

 Carlo Cudicini - 2013

Carlo Cudicini - 2013


 Rob Friend - 2014

Rob Friend - 2014

 

rob friend

2014

The 33 year old Canadian forward scored a whopping 0 goals and had 1 assist in 12 games. 

 

 

 

 


 Jermaine Jones - ???

Jermaine Jones - ???

With LA acquiring the rights to JJJ it's a foregone conclusion that he will be in an LA jersey in 2017. Given the track record of the team, signing Jermaine Jones does little to signal that The Galaxy is heading in a new direction.