In the midst of the sports fans in Los Angeles and Southern California lamenting the fact that the Lakers – after starting with HUGE expectations – will most likely have their season end in a few days, and the Dodgers and Angels – whom many saw as solid World Series contenders – suffering numerous injuries and grossly underperforming to date , it seems that folks have forgotten that there has been a championship team calling L.A. home for a couple of years now.
Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy has won the last two MLS titles, and after the first month of this season is off to a good start as they sport a 3-1-2 record with 11 points in this early going, which places them in second place in the MLS Western Conference, eight points behind FC Dallas.
David Beckham has moved on to Paris Saint-Germain FC in France after doing so much in his six years with the Galaxy, but the team has done just fine as Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan have taken up the slack, Donovan scoring the second goal in the 74th minute of the Galaxy’s latest match, a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at the Home Depot Center in Carson on April 20th.
It wasn’t certain if Donovan, the longtime American standout who is the all-time U.S. leader in World Cup goals with five, would return to the Galaxy or retire after the 2012 campaign, but he ultimately decided to commit himself to help the team – led by Bruce Arena, who is in his sixth season as the Galaxy’s head coach – try and win their third consecutive MLS Cup. They have won four league championships overall, the first one coming in 2002 and the second in 2005.
The Galaxy’s 34-game regular season, which began on March 3rd with a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Fire and continues throughout the summer and into the fall, features three games against a rival who shares the Home Depot Center: Chivas USA, whom they have already had their first match with on March 17th, tying them 1-1. The other two games with these rivals will be held on June 23rd and October 6th.
As for who has the upper hand in this crosstown rivalry, which is called the L.A. Derby, it has been one-sided over the years as the Galaxy currently holds a 16-4-7 advantage.
The Galaxy’s next match will be in Salt Lake City, UT against Real Salt Lake on Saturday April 27th, and the regular season will end in Seattle against the Seattle Sounders on October 27th.
As for their next appearance at the Home Depot Center, that will be on May 5th vs. the Houston Dynamo.
Thanks to this club, one definitely can’t say that L.A. is lacking in champions; this is a team that should be seen.
For ticket information, check out the Galaxy’s website at www.lagalaxy.com