Giancarlo Gonzalez was probably the better player at defending, but Polenta I thought brought an interesting skill set for a CB that no other CB in LA Galaxy could offer. He never amazed me in his defensive work, but was solid in his tasks and very good at standing tackles and claiming the ball and transitioning the play forward. He has really rounded abilities, he should really be one of the standout defensive players in MLS - It just never came together for the Galaxy's defence and it probably took away some of the shine he individually had some matches. He has a nice touch, and his dribbling is top top notch for a CB, full of feints and cutbacks and smooth control - he is okay/comfortable at LB really I think if he had a better engine he could have made a career their, as he lacks aerial dominance for a guy his height to be a great CB.
I'm going to update him with *Passing, since that is part of his style from the back, the SPA can be lower as often he just smacks them forward and these can look like near 90 SPS and 50 SPA, just forces them forward and the ball manages to pass slow reacting defenders and turn into a chance. I don't want to go with a crazy rating like that, as aside from his early season blips of giving away goals with bad back passes, his ground passing is very reliable and dangerous - just stylistically it looks raw/imprecise when playing it forward - he can hit first time 50+ meter passes to spring a forward off the front line. His LPA/LPS - more soft precise dropping balls, actually get cut out but are more definitively placed onto a teamates path, crossing I find to be not as good. Seems left footed, making some Outside of foot passes instead of using right when it would make more sense.
I think his partnership with Steres was not good, he needed a more complimentary partner, either some one faster to cover gaps or someone to win everything in the air, Steres does neither well. I think Polenta would be excellent as a wide CB in a back 3, let him play like a pseudo LB in possession and having a player covering any of his gaps, since Polenta likes to engage early/tackle high it would make most sense, and when he randomly enters the attacking third, cover exists in the system. Steres himself likes to make random runs into opponent box - its not a safe set-up.
I don't know why LA Galaxy declined to resign him at end of season, he was one of the better players this season for the team..they kept Jörgen Skjelvik for some reason instead...
I think he should succeed in Paraguay, he is always liable for a red card due to stupid petulance/elbow/being needlessly dirty, but otherwise you get a strong tackler and ball player at the back, relatively reliable.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOyaBhlfOTc
2017 Defensive skillzhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok_owMYikRI
2018 all skilz 20mins