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Celebrating last year’s MLS championship, beating the New England Revolution 2-1 in overtime to claim their 5th Cup

 

OVERALL 2015 RECORD:

* 7 wins, 6 losses, and 7 ties, for a total of 28 points

* 4th place in the MLS’s Western Conference, four points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps

* Currently leads Major League Soccer with 27 goals

TEAM LEADERS:

* Robbie Keane – 3 goals, 4 assists

* Vitor Gomes,  Gyasi Zardes, and Alan Gordon – 4 goals each (tied for team lead)

* Jaime Penedo (goalie) – 50 saves out of 69 shots on goal, five shutouts

After six months of SoCalSportsAnnals.com being in existence, it occurred to me that there wasn’t one article on this site covering the world’s most popular sport.

Nor was there anything that focused on the team that has had the most success of any of the teams that call Los Angeles and Southern California home since the beginning of this decade.

Please allow me to remedy that here and now, as I give props to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer’s representative in SoCal since the team was founded in 1995 – that’s right, it’s the franchise’s 20th anniversary!

Any team that has won their league championship three times in the past four years, as this Galaxy squad has, more than deserves to be called a dynasty.

 

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StubHub Center in Carson, the Galaxy’s home since 2003

 

It’s only regrettable that despite the team drawing more or less capacity crowds on a regular basis in their stadium, StubHub Center in nearby Carson, more attention is not paid to these athletes.

That, I reckon, is probably due to the fact that despite soccer’s popularity being at an all-time high and continuing to grow in this country, it’s still seen by too many fans as a foreign sport and forced to take a back seat to baseball, basketball, (particularly) football, and in quite a few fans’ hearts hockey as in SoCal’s case, more attention was given to the Kings’ two recent Stanley Cups in a three-year span.

Even though the Galaxy’s three MLS titles in a four-year span outdoes that feat.

Over the years some of soccer’s biggest names have worn the navy blue and gold logo, including David Beckham – no, I won’t call him Mr. Posh Spice, but along with his prowess on the pitch, that’s a big part of what he’s known for – and Landon Donovan, who retired at the end of last season as MLS’s all-time leading goals scorer (144) and assist leader (136) along with being the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S. National Team and playing in three World Cups.

On top of all that, another one of England’s superstars has just joined the Galaxy as Steven Gerrard, a midfielder who scored 120 goals in 17 seasons for the English Premier League’s Liverpool (yes, the same town where the Beatles came from!) FC, will be trying to help the Galaxy win their fourth MLS Cup in five seasons and their sixth overall.

Those five MLS titles are more than any other team, which qualifies them as being compared to the New York Yankees in that context.

There’s not much else to say about this Galaxy team, except that people really should check them out and support them, precisely because of their recent success and the fact that they are right in the thick of things in the Western Conference race this year as the season has passed its halfway point, with 14 games regular season matches remaining.

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Galaxy Captain Robbie Keane (#7), celebrating with a few of his teammates

 

Two upcoming Galaxy games stand out that I would recommend seeing:

1. Their next match on the 4th of July against Toronto FC at StubHub Center; the Galaxy has regularly played at home on Independence Day, complete with a fireworks show afterwards.

and…

2. The Los Angeles Galaxy against one of the world’s elite soccer clubs, FC Barcelona, at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, July 21st; last season the Galaxy hosted all-time English power Manchester United in Pasadena, and although they were blown out 7-0 drew a crowd comparable to what you would see at the annual January 1st football contest or at a UCLA vs USC Crosstown Rivalry clash.

For more information on these upcoming dates, please feel free to go to their website:

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In the meantime, to further expose you to how entertaining this SoCal team is, here’s a highlight clip of a recent match against the Philadelphia Union, won by the Galaxy 5-1:

 

L.A. Galaxy vs Philadelphia – June 20, 2015

 

 

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