LA Galaxy breaks play-off drought
LA Galaxy have broken a three-year play-off drought.
The Galaxy are currently join-leaders on the Western Conference table with the Houston Dynamo and have secured their place in this season's play-offs.
After a 1-0 win over Chicago Fire on the weekend, the Galaxy made their pre-season goal a reality and star forward Landon Donovan put it down to having an improved structure and having all players fit.
"First, it's competing," he said.
"I think most games this year we've competed in the right way throughout 90 minutes. Second is having some sort of structure and identity. The teams that are successful around the world have that, they know what they're good at and what they're not.
"And now we've got almost everyone healthy and playing well."
Galaxy midfielder David Beckham echoed Donovan's sentiments.
"I said that when I first came back that this team has players that are not afraid to pass the ball and to make plays on their own, and maybe we haven't had that over the last couple of years," he said.
"And we've got strength in depth as well with the players that we've got coming in.
"We've got a stronger squad of players more than anything. Of course, having Bruce know the league and know the players and know the way he wants us to play, it's working out well so far."