The official logo of SoCal’s newest sports team. Image courtesy of matthewwolff.com
A WELCOME TO L.A.’S NEWEST SPORTS TEAM – AND A WELCOME BACK TO L.A.’S ESTABLISHED SOCCER TEAM
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Coach: Sigi Schmid
Home: StubHub Center, Carson, CA. Capacity – 27,000
2017 Record: 8-18-8, 32 points
- Second worst record in Major League Soccer
- Worst record in the Western Conference
- Worst record in franchise history
First Game/Home Game:
Sunday, March 4th, vs Portland Timbers at StubHub Center
LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
Coach: Bob Bradley
Home: Banc Of California Stadium, located at the former site of the Sports Arena. Capacity – 22,000
First Game: Sunday, March 4th, at Seattle Sounders
First Home Game: Sunday, April 29, vs Seattle Sounders
LOS ANGELES GALAXY vs LAFC
- Saturday, March 31st, at StubHub Center, 12:00 p.m.
- Thursday, July 26th, at Banc of California Stadium 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, August 24th, at StubHub Center, 7:30 p.m.
Banc of California Stadium, the home of the brand-new Los Angeles Football Club. Photo courtesy of twitter.com
A Few Thoughts:
I’m going to be a bit brutal in my honesty here…
In my opinion, the only reason why there’s any sense of optimism over pro soccer season beginning in SoCal is the presence of a franchise that will be making its official debut in roughly 72 hours.
If it wasn’t for that Los Angeles Football Club, I don’t think anyone outside of the Angel City Brigade, the official fan club of the L.A. Galaxy, and other die-hard Galaxy supporters really cares that Major League Soccer is beginning its 23rd season this weekend.
The reason for that is quite a simple one;
The Galaxy – for all intents and purposes, the New York Yankees of Major League Soccer with its league-most five MLS Cups (championships) – flat-out sucked last season.
And even though they completely cleaned house with a new coach and a turnover of the majority of their roster,
Judging from how they did in their preseason games over the past few weeks, it doesn’t look like they’ll experience a big, 180-degree, worst-to-first turnaround this season.
In other words, much like the Lakers it will take a few years of rebuilding before the Galaxy can be considered relevant again.
As for SoCal’s newest team, I have no idea whatsoever how LAFC will do, being brand new and all.
I certainly don’t expect anything spectacular from them, as with the exception of the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights no franchise has done well in their first year – at least as far as their win-loss record.
But it will be interesting to see how they progress, and I do plan on checking out a game at their soon-to-open home, which is on the site of the old Sports Arena, next to the Coliseum.
And it will certainly be interesting how this town adapts to having two pro soccer squads, as with the Los Angeles Football Club beginning business on the pitch (field) L.A. now boasts eleven professional sports teams.
Which to my knowledge is second only to New York in the U.S as far as number of pro sports teams in one city.
As well as how things will go when the two teams play each other; the Galaxy and LAFC will clash three times in 2018, the first match being on March 31st at StubHub Center
Of course it should go without saying that I wish both of our soccer teams the best of luck this season.
Particularly the Los Angeles Football Club, as it should also go without saying that I welcome them to the SoCal Sports scene.
THE BIG QUESTION FOR SOCAL SOCCER IN 2018: How much will this team improve? Image courtesy of fullhdpictures.com