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A Sparks fan showing her team some love at Staples Center. Photo courtesy of feeds.bleacherreport.com

 

A LOOK AT WHAT HAS BEEN UP WITH SOCAL’S ENTRIES IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION  (WNBA)

 

What with the Rams making their triumphant homecoming, UCLA and USC’s football seasons fully underway, and the Dodgers nearing their fourth straight division championship, with a HUGE showdown series against the rival San Francisco Giants coming up…

I think SoCal fans – the casual ones, anyway – can be forgiven if they have overlooked the Galaxy and the Sparks a little bit.

That doesn’t mean that those two teams should have been overlooked this summer as they have had very good seasons to date, complete with standout stars and passionate fan bases, and are both headed for prominent berths in the post season.

Here’s a look at our MLS and WNBA teams by the numbers…

 

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The Galaxy’s starting lineup posing before a game earlier this year. Photo courtesy of lagalaxy.com

 

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Record: 11-4-15, 48 points, 2nd place in the MLS Western Conference

Team Leaders:

Giovani Dos Santos (F) – 14 goals, 53 shots, 28 shots on goal

Robbie Keane (F) – 8 goals

Steven Gerrard (M) – 11 assists

Brian Rowe (G) – 101 saves, 7 shutouts

Last Game: Tied Sporting Kansas City 2-2 on September 18th

Last Win: Beat Orlando City SC, 4-2, on September 11th

Next Game: Sunday, September 25th vs Seattle Sounders at StubHub Center

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Giovani Dos Santos, the Galaxy’s leading scorer. Photo courtesy of semanarioaccion.com

 

Highlights of the Galaxy’s 4-2 win over Orlando City on September 11, thanks to YouTube

 

 

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A group of L.A. Sparks celebrating a win over the New York Liberty. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

 

LOS ANGELES SPARKS

Record: 26-8, 2nd place in the Western Conference, two games behind the Minnesota Lynx

Clinched the #2 overall seed and an automatic berth in the WNBA semifinals

Team Leaders:

Nneka Ogwumike (F) – 19.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 66.5% FG, 86.9 FT

Candace Parker (F-C) – 15.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 44.2% FG, 70.7% FT,

Kristi Tolliver (G) – 13.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, 42.6% FG, 88.9% FT

Team Points Per Game: 83.0

Opponents Point Per Game: 75.9

Team Rebounds Per Game: 31.5

Opponents Rebounds Per Game: 32.4

*Note: Since 20-1 start, Sparks’ record is 6-7, though they won their last two games.

Last Win/Game: Beat the San Antonio Stars, 71-65, on September 16th

Next Game: September 28th, WNBA Semifinals, vs a team to be determined

 

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Nneka Ogwumike, the Sparks’ leading scorer and rebounder this season. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

 

Highlights of the Sparks’ 71-65 win over San Antonio on September 16th, thanks to YouTube

 

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