Juninho Returns, Queue The Galaxy Love

Juninho Returns, Queue The Galaxy Love

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 7, 2012
  • Features, Juninho

Juninho proved to be a handful for most MLS sides in 2011. (Getty Images)

I said a few weeks (or maybe just a couple weeks) back that the biggest thing that the LA Galaxy needed to replace this winter was Juninho.

Well, what better way to replace him than with him.

The LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday that the club has reached an agreement with Brazilian club São Paulo FC that will allow midfielder Juninho to return to the Galaxy on loan for the 2012 MLS season.

That my friends is the sound of every MLS side and even a few CONCACAF sides going “ugh”. Having Juninho back in the mix immediately keeps the Galaxy in the discussion for another MLS Cup run as well as a potential run at the CCL title this spring. Yes, it is that big of a deal.

The 23-year-old appeared in and started 30 regular-season games for the Galaxy, scoring four goals and adding two assists. His numbers aren’t huge but it is what he does on the ball that makes the Galaxy so much better with him in the lineup. He gives the David Beckhams, the Landon Donovans the freedom in the midfield to do their magic. He does the dirty work to keep the pressure off the defense in the back.

The Galaxy have also completed the signing of former São Paulo defender Leonardo, who joins the club permanently on a free transfer. He came over with Juninho at the start of the 2010 season.

I do still have some reservations on their defense for this season with the loss of Omar Gonzalez but the talent is still there to do well. If LA is able to make another signing in the back or if Leonardo can return from injury in a good manner then expect no dip in play from the Galaxy this season.