HARRISON, N.J. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy's efforts to replace star midfielder David Beckham took a hit last Thursday, when Chelsea's Frank Lampard decided to accept a one-year extension with the Blues.
But don't expect Los Angeles to end its pursuit of bringing in another star player during this year's Major League Soccer's summer transfer window.
"We're still looking for one [a Designated Player]," Arena revealed to Goal.
When asked if the Galaxy has reached out to potential targets, Arena replied, "Of course."
Arena wouldn't comment on who the Galaxy have spoken with, but speculation has the team targeting Brazilian playmakers Kaka and Ronaldinho. However, both players could be potentially difficult to acquire.
If Real Madrid allows Kaka to leave this summer, he is reportedly leaning towards joining New York where his brother Digao plays. Ronaldinho has been a long-time target of LA but the Brazilian midfielder has turned down the team on several occasions in the past. Those two factors could force Los Angeles to look at other options as it searches to reinforce its squad.
Despite losing to Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain during the offseason, Los Angeles has remained a contending team in the first half of the MLS season but has also shown its weaknesses.
The Galaxy are more compact on offense without Beckham's ability to pass and find seams and haven't looked as sharp on set pieces, an area where they obviously excelled with Beckham. Donovan admitted to Goal on Thursday that the team has missed Beckham, who retires from soccer next week.
"We do miss him," Donovan explained to Goal. "We miss his ability on the field. He stretches teams in ways that no other player really can. You don't realize the benefits of that over the course of a game, how that really opens up the field. And then his leadership was excellent at times. That's been a little bit of an adjustment."
Lampard was widely expected to join Los Angeles after Chelsea's season finished in May but surprised many by deciding to stay in London. Donovan acknowledged on Thursday that he was a part of the recruiting efforts to bring in the England international and appeared surprised when told that UK media outlets were reporting that Lampard was staying.
"We spoke a couple of times. He was still clearly on the deciding phase when we spoke," Donovan told Goal.
Former France national team midfielders Patrick Vieira and Youri Djorkaeff both made a brief visit to the Red Bulls locker room after the game. When Thierry Henry spotted Viera surrounded by reporters, he started laughing hysterically before dragging the retired midfielder into the players-only area of the locker room.
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