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LA Galaxy depth pleases Arena ahead of new season

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena believes he has plenty more depth in 2014 compared to last season.

The 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup champions have recruited some experienced players in the offseason - in the way of Rob Friend, Stefan Ishizaki and Baggio Husidic - while Brazilian striker Samuel has joined on loan from Fluminense.

Double that with the development of youngsters such as Gyasi Zardes and Jack McBean and Arena, who signed a multi-year deal recently, is excited about the season ahead.

"You never know until the real games come around but I think they're doing well. It's been a good preseason," said Arena this week.

"It hasn't been too rushed; I think we've had a method to our madness here, and I think it's paid some dividends. I'm hopeful over the next couple of weeks we can clean it up a little bit more and be prepared for the first three games of the season."

Of the new players, Arena said: "They need some time, they're still in transition with this team.

"Last year in the positions they're playing we had less talented and less experienced players. I think that adds up to be a real plus for us."

The Galaxy will be able to test their new-look squad when they kick off the 2014 MLS season with a March 8 home fixture against Real Salt Lake.

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