After weeks of rumors, reports and teases, the LA Galaxy unveiled their showcase offseason acquisition on Thursday, and the first official glimpses of Douglas Costa as a G were accompanied both by warm welcomes and a warning of sorts.
Most any member of a Brazil World Cup squad would carry a lofty reputation to MLS, and the flashy winger arrives with a whopping 22 trophies to his name – including Bundesliga and Serie A titles – from stints with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
“There are levels of good, and he is the top level of good,” said head coach Greg Vanney with a flash of a smile during Thursday’s press conference.
“World-class players mean that typically your efficiency level goes up. You don't need 10 chances to score a goal, maybe you only need three, and that's the quality he brings. It just can make us more efficient on the attacking side, and more dangerous.”
But with names like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in their past and present, the Galaxy and their fans will expect both star power and end product from their newest Designated Player. Especially as the five-time MLS Cup winners stew over their skid of just one Audi MLS Cup Playoffs appearance in the last five seasons.
Fresh off a difficult campaign with Gremio, and a few seasons of limited playing time in Europe before that, Costa, 31, believes he’s ready to take that on.
“I have heard many positive things. So I know that it’s a winning team and has not been winning for some time now.