Major overhauls, from the pith to the front office, have transformed this oft-morphing side in dramatic fashion (even by their standards!).
A rookie head coach now leads this multimillion dollar franchise towards a pivotal 2013 season. Gone are the preseason musings over whether Rafa Marquez will live up to his potential. Kenny Cooper and his 18 goals have been shipped over to Dallas. The Scandinavian dominance led by Hans Backe, Joel Lindpere, Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio and Markus Holgersson has been pared down to a single Swede.
In their place? A strong attacking veteran core led by Thierry Henry, Juninho, Fabian Espindola and Tim Cahill. The Mike Petke and Andy Roxburgh regime have also brought with it a change in culture focused on a free flowing attack while giving a nod to the blue collar workrate that Americans love in their teams.
Will it work out? I give a fairly rounded view of that in this year’s SBI Season Preview. On EoS, we will look at the stories to follow throughout the 2013 season: