The LA Galaxy, also known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference of the league. The club began play in 1996 as a charter team in the league.
|Full name||LA Galaxy|
|Founded||June 15, 1994 |
|Head coach||Sigi Schmid|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2017||Western Conference: 11th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
|Active teams of LA Galaxy|
The Galaxy was founded in 1994 and is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group. In their early years, the club played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Since 2003, they have played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The team holds a rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clásico and used to play the SuperClasico against city rivals Chivas USA before they folded in 2014.
In Major League Soccer, the franchise is one of the league's most-decorated clubs, having won the MLS Cup on five occasions—more than any other club—the Supporters' Shield four times and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice. In international play, the team won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2000, one of just two American clubs, along with D.C. United, to win the regional tournament.
In 2007, the club made international headlines with the signing of English player David Beckham from Real Madrid, the most high-profile transaction with Major League Soccer to that point. The club has fielded other high-profile international players including Robbie Keane, Luis Hernández, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Jorge Campos, Steven Gerrard and American Landon Donovan who is the all-time leading scorer for both the club and the league.
Decade of success (1996–2006)Edit
Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 with Los Angeles being one of the ten founding teams. The name "Galaxy" was derived from Los Angeles being home to the "stars" of Hollywood. Los Angeles began well by clinching first in the Western Conference and finishing second in the MLS Cup after losing to D.C. United in the final. The 1997 season started out 1–7 after eight games, but they went 15–9 for the rest of the season to qualify for the playoffs. The Galaxy ended up second in their conference by losing to the Dallas Burn. In 1998, the Galaxy left off on a streak, eventually finishing 24–8. The Galaxy defeated the Dallas Burn, 9–3 on aggregate. They lost in the semi-final to the Chicago Fire, 2–1 on aggregate.
The Galaxy again finished first in the Western Conference in 1999, with a final record of 20–12, with a win in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, but they lost to D.C. United again 2–0. The 2000 season had the Galaxy in second in the Western Division, at 14–10–8. Despite this, they lost to the Kansas City Wizards after a tied aggregate and a sudden death game. 2001 was another successful year for Los Angeles, winning the Open Cup and scoring 1,000 all-time points, and with Cobi Jones scoring the 300th goal, but again they fell short by being defeated by Landon Donovan and the San Jose Earthquakes. Again the club clinched first in the Western Conference with a 16–9–3 record, their fifth time being first. In 2002, the Galaxy won their first MLS Cup in four tries by defeating the New England Revolution 1–0. 2003 was a poor year, with LA finishing fourth because they were forced to play away games due to stadium construction, though they got a good rhythm and finished 9–12–9. The Galaxy bounced back by gaining second with an 11–9–10 record. They lost to the Wizards in the final, 0–2. With 2005 came one of the Galaxy's most recognized players, Landon Donovan. The club won the Open Cup again ending with a record of 13–13–6 to cap off their first decade. The Galaxy has a distinction of making the playoffs in all of the league's first ten seasons.
The 2006 season began on March 16 with the sudden death of Doug Hamilton, the team's 43-year-old general manager, who suffered a heart attack on board a plane carrying the team back from Costa Rica where they had played Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The team finished fifth in the Western Conference, eliminating them from playoff contention for the first time since the league's inception. Midway through the season, Steve Sampson was sacked as Head Coach, replaced by Frank Yallop. The team managed to make a run to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, but lost 3–1 against the Chicago Fire.
Beckham era (2007–2012)Edit
In March 2007, Herbalife signed a five-year deal with the Galaxy, worth between $4–5 million a year, to be the club's primary shirt sponsor. Four months later, the club signed David Beckham from Real Madrid. His debut was made at Home Depot Center before a record crowd of nearly 35,000, including many celebrities, coming on in the 78th minute in a 1–0 loss to Chelsea in a match during the World Series of Football tournament. The match brought unprecedented TV coverage from ESPN, who used 19 cameras to cover it, including one trained only on Beckham, even when he was on the bench. In that season's SuperLiga, LA reached the final but lost to Mexican side Pachuca on penalties after extra time. LA nearly made the end-of-season play-offs, but were eliminated following a 1–0 loss to the Chicago Fire. In the off-season, Cobi Jones retired and, amidst rumors that he was going to be sacked, Yallop resigned as head coach following a friendly match at Home Depot Center. The San Jose Earthquakes bought out his contract and offered a third round draft pick to the Galaxy as compensation to hire Yallop as their new head coach. Yallop was replaced at LA by Ruud Gullit, who signed a three-year contract with the club, making him the highest paid coach in MLS history. Cobi Jones returned as assistant coach. LA went on a promotional tour of Australia and New Zealand, setting attendance records in both countries. 80,295 people showed up at Stadium Australia for the match between Sydney FC and LA Galaxy, which the home side won 5–3. They also played a tour of Asia, and competed in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship in Honolulu, finishing third after beating Sydney 2–1 in the third-place match.
In the 2008 MLS season, LA went on a seven-game winless streak which saw them drop from first place in the Western Conference to outside playoff contention, prompting the resignation of manager Ruud Gullit and firing of general manager Alexi Lalas. Gullit was replaced by Bruce Arena, but he was not able to lead LA into a play-off spot, for the third-straight season.
In the following off-season, both club captain David Beckham and vice-captain Landon Donovan were involved in loan deals with European clubs until the beginning of the new MLS season; Beckham to Milan in Italy and Donovan to German club Bayern Munich. Donovan was seeking a permanent transfer to Munich, while Beckham was expected to return to LA in March, prior to the 2009 season. Beckham went on to seek a permanent transfer to Milan in a bid to sustain his England career through the 2010 World Cup, and Milan made a bid for the player, which was rejected by LA. One day before his loan deal was to expire, Milan and LA reached an agreement to allow Beckham to stay in Italy until the conclusion of the Rossoneri's season in June, before returning to LA in July. Donovan was not offered a contract by Bayern, and returned to the U.S. in time for the beginning of the 2009 MLS season. In the book The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl, Donovan openly criticized Beckham for his handling of the loan deals. Beckham and Donovan would later reconcile upon Beckham's return to LA in July.
LA finished the 2009 season top of the Western Conference and runners-up in the MLS Supporters' Shield, qualifying for the 2009 MLS Cup. They reached the final by beating Chivas USA 3–2 on aggregate in the quarter-final, and Houston Dynamo 2–0, after extra time, in the semi-final. In the final they drew 1–1 with Real Salt Lake at Qwest Field in Seattle, but lost 5–4 on penalties. By reaching the final, they qualified for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round.
After the 2009 success, both Donovan and Beckham again went out on second loan spells. Donovan went to Everton while Beckham returned to Milan, where he ruptured his Achilles tendon and therefore missed his chance at playing in the World Cup for England and subsequently missing most of the Galaxy's 2010 season.
In 2010, the Galaxy stayed at the top of the table and won the Supporters' Shield, the first time MLS played a balanced schedule. They then lost to FC Dallas in the Western Conference Final, one game away from making another appearance at MLS Cup.
In 2011, a year in which they added the Republic of Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer Robbie Keane, they won their fourth Supporters' Shield with two games remaining, becoming the third-straight team to win consecutive Shields while amassing the second-best points total in MLS history. They followed this up with their third MLS Cup, defeating the Houston Dynamo 1–0 in the final. The 2011 MLS Cup was the Galaxy's first MLS Cup Victory in regulation. The 2002 and the 2005 MLS Cup wins were won in overtime.
In January 2012, after much speculation, Beckham signed a new two-year deal with LA to secure his short-term future at the club. Despite the new contract, Beckham confirmed in November 2012 that he would be leaving the Galaxy at the end of the 2012 MLS season. On December 1, 2012, the Galaxy won their second-straight MLS Cup victory over the Houston Dynamo, 3–1. Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez won the MLS MVP trophy, heading in the 1–1 equalizer in the 60th minute. That goal was quickly followed by a Donovan penalty kick, and Keane sealed the game with another penalty kick in stoppage time. In post-match interviews both Donovan and Beckham remained coy about their future MLS plans.
First to five league championships (2013–2016)Edit
Galaxy finished the 2013 season third in the Western Conference. They reached the conference semi-finals, where they lost 2–1 to Real Salt Lake. They also reached the semi-finals of the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League, but lost 3–1 on aggregate to Mexican team Monterrey.
Following the defeat to Seattle Sounders FC in the final game of the season with the Supporters' Shield on the line, the team entered the 2014 MLS playoffs defeating Real Salt Lake, advancing to face Seattle once again in the Western Conference Finals, advancing to the MLS Cup by away goals. They played the New England Revolution in the 2014 MLS Cup and won 2–1 in overtime, thereby becoming five-time champions, a league record. At the end of the season, longtime LA Galaxy player United States national team player Landon Donovan retired.
On January 7, 2015, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of long time Liverpool player Steven Gerrard to an 18-month Designated Player contract, reportedly worth $9 million. He joined the team in July 2015 following the end of the 2014–15 Premier League season, and made his debut in a International Champions Cup against Club América on July 11.
The club again made headlines by acquiring Mexican star and Barcelona academy product Giovani dos Santos in July as a designated player. Not since the days of Jorge Campos, Carlos Hermosillo and Luis Hernández in the late 1990s and early 2000s had the Galaxy had a notable Mexican player, let alone one in the prime of his career. Dos Santos made an impactful impression on the Galaxy early on, scoring on his club debut against Central FC in the CONCACAF Champions League and then in his league debut against the Sounders. In his first five club matches, he had a goal, an assist or both to total with four goals and five assists in that span.
Colors and badgeEdit
The LA Galaxy's current colors are white, navy blue and gold. The team's primary uniform is white and the secondary uniform is blue. The colors were adopted to coincide with David Beckham's arrival with the team in 2007 as part of an overall re-branding exercise spearheaded by then GM Alexi Lalas. Prior to 2007, the Galaxy played in various color combinations, usually comprising gold, teal green and white with black accents, and often highlighting an iconic 'sash' design from the left shoulder and across the chest. Their original jersey, used in the inaugural 1996 MLS season, featured black-and-teal halves, black sleeves with gold and red accents, black shorts and black socks.
The Galaxy have had two logos to date. The original brand was gold, teal and black, and featured the Galaxy wordmark superimposed over a golden swirl, with a stylized black outline. The logo was changed in 2007, again to coincide with David Beckham's arrival, and now features a blue shield with a gold border, the LA Galaxy team name, and a quasar at the top of the crest.
The quasar featured prominently on the LA Galaxy's shield was originally featured on the 1957 Seal of Los Angeles County as well as the modified 2004 seal which is featured on the Los Angeles County flag.
Revenues and profitsEdit
The Galaxy first turned a profit in 2003, becoming the first MLS team to do so. After the team moved into the new Home Depot Center, the team saw increased attendance, a doubling of revenue from sponsors, and revenues from parking and concessions.
A Forbes 2015 report ranked the LA Galaxy second in MLS in terms of annual revenue ($44 million) and in franchise value ($240 million). The Galaxy earn more in annual club sponsorship income ($14 million) and annual local TV rights ($5 million) than any other MLS team. The Galaxy have the highest annual revenue of any MLS team, the third highest revenue of any CONCACAF team, and the seventh highest revenue of any team in the Americas.
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|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Name||Location||Years in use|
|Rose Bowl||Pasadena, California||1996–2002|
|Titan Stadium||Fullerton, California||1999–2011 (10 games in U.S. Open Cup)|
|StubHub Center||Carson, California||(2003–present)|
From 1996 to 2002, the Galaxy played their home games at the 107,000-capacity Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but often held Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games at Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The Galaxy played ten games in total at Titan; the U.S. Open Cup Final was held there in 2001 when Galaxy won the tournament.
In 2003, the Galaxy moved to the StubHub Center (then known as The Home Depot Center), on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, approximately ten miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The stadium is a 27,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, the second of its kind in MLS, but has hosted other sports such as rugby and American football. From 2005 to 2014, the Galaxy shared the stadium with their now-defunct league rivals Chivas USA, with whom they competed for the SuperClasico.
Cozmo is the Galaxy's mascot. He has dark blue skin with yellow eyebrows and white eyes matching the Galaxy's home uniform colors. He replaced the Galaxy's original mascot, "Twizzle", who also looked like it was from outer space but was more humanoid in form, wearing a space-man's helmet and cape.
Galaxy Star squadEdit
The Galaxy Star Squad is the official cheerleaders of the club. They often attend events hosted by the Galaxy, such as autograph sessions, and can be often seen around the stadium during game time giving away scarves and supporting the team.
The Angel City Brigade was created to help establish a festive and vibrant atmosphere in the StubHub Center for the Galaxy. They sit in section 121 in the General Admission area of the stadium.
The LA Riot Squad formed after a loss in the 2001 MLS Cup, when then-Galaxy keeper Kevin Hartman challenged a group of Galaxy fans to form a supporter group of 100 people by opening day of 2002. The reward if they were able to do this was a keg of beer. They are located in sections 137 and 138 in the General Admission area of the stadium.
Galaxians are the first and original supporter group of the LA Galaxy, having been established in 1996 during the Galaxy's first season in MLS. They are located in section 122, next to the Angel City Brigade.[non-primary source needed]
The Galaxy's chief rival is the San Jose Earthquakes, which is known by the fans and media as the California Clásico. It is considered among the fiercest and longest-running rivalries in American soccer. The intrastate rivalry dates to the founding of MLS, and their encounters in the MLS Cup playoffs and final. Some also cite that the rivalry developed in reflection of traditional Northern California vs Southern California sports rivalries.
Their in-town rivals were Chivas USA, whom they competed with in the SuperClasico. Also known as the LA Derby, it was dominated by the Galaxy, who won 22 of the 34 encounters. The rivalry was the only intra-stadium rivalry in MLS until Chivas ceased operations at the end of the 2014 season.
At the end of the 2011 season, the Galaxy announced a ten-year, $55 million deal with Time Warner Cable (Now Charter Spectrum), the most lucrative local media contract in MLS history, to begin at the end of the 2012 MLS season. Previously, Galaxy matches were televised regionally in English on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket alternatively. While awaiting the launch of those networks, all 2012 English-language matches will be split between local outlet KDOC with one match showcased on Time Warner Cable SportsNet near the end of the season. Commentary is handled by Joe Tutino and former Galaxy player Cobi Jones. In Spanish, 2012 matches will be shown on independent outlet KWHY with Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto commentating. All nationally televised MLS games are aired on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN.
Radio coverage of regular season matches are broadcast in English on KNX 1070 AM (Los Angeles) and in Spanish on KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles). Joe Tutino does the English play-by-play when Spectrum Sports does not televise. Alternatively, long-time Los Angeles broadcaster Fred Roggin does the play-by-play. Ralph Perez is the analyst. On Spanish-language broadxasts, Rolando "El Veloz" Gonzalez handles the play-by-play and Armando Aguayo does the commentary.
Players and staffEdit
- For details on former players, see All-time Los Angeles Galaxy roster.
- As of September 2, 2017 
Current coaching staffEdit
|Head coach||Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid|
|Assistant coach||Becerra, RobRob Becerra|
|Assistant coach||Gonzalez, JuniorJunior Gonzalez|
|Assistant coach||Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear|
|Goalkeeping coach||Nikolov, OkaOka Nikolov|
|Sergio del Prado||1999–2000|
Head coaches since 1996Edit
|Osiander, LotharLothar Osiander||Germany||1996–97|
|Zambrano, OctavioOctavio Zambrano||Ecuador||June 10, 1997 – April 23, 1999|
|Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid||Germany||April 22, 1999 – August 16, 2004|
|Sampson, SteveSteve Sampson||United States||August 18, 2004 – June 6, 2006|
|Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop||Canada||June 7, 2006 – November 5, 2007|
|Gullit, RuudRuud Gullit||Netherlands||November 9, 2007 – August 11, 2008|
|Jones, CobiCobi Jones (interim)||United States||August 11, 2008 – August 18, 2008|
|Arena, BruceBruce Arena||United States||August 18, 2008 – November 22, 2016|
|Onalfo, CurtCurt Onalfo||United States||December 13, 2016 – July 27, 2017|
|Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid||Germany||July 27, 2017 – present|
As of September 9, 2015
LA Galaxy IIEdit
The Galaxy created the LA Galaxy II reserve team in January 2014 to compete in the USL. In their inaugural season, Los Dos finished third with a record of 15-6-7, and reached the semi-final where they lost to Sacramento Republic FC. For the 2015 USL season, the Galaxy were placed in the Western Conference.
As part of its development program, the Galaxy operates an academy system with U-18 and U-16 teams competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and U-14 and U-12 teams competing in Southern California Developmental Soccer Leagues (SCDSL). Six academy graduates are currently signed to the first team: Jack McBean, Oscar Sorto, Jose Villarreal, Gyasi Zardes, Raul Mendiola and Bradford Jamieson IV.
|CONCACAF Champions League||1||2000|
|MLS Cup||5||2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014|
|Supporters' Shield||4||1998, 2002, 2010, 2011|
|Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup||2||2001, 2005|
|Western Conference (Playoff)||9||1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014|
|Western Conference (Regular Season)||8||1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011|
- California Clásico (12): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
- SuperClasico (9): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Puerto Rico MLS-USL Challenge: 2007
- Desert Diamond Cup: 2012
- MLS Fair Play Award: 2013
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.
|13||Midfielder||Jones, CobiCobi Jones (1996–2007)||United States|
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|Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||CONCACAF
|1996||1st, West (19–13)||Lost MLS Cup (D.C. United 3–2)||Did not enter||Did not enter||28,916||27,759|
|1997||2nd, West (16–16)||Lost Conference Semi-finals (Dallas Burn 0–2)||Did not enter||Final||20,626||18,921|
|1998||1st, West* (24–8)||Lost Conference Final (Chicago Fire 0–2)||Did not enter||Qualifying playoff||21,784||17,577|
|1999||1st, West (20–12)||Lost MLS Cup (D.C. United 0–2)||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||17,632||16,307*|
|2000||2nd, West (14–10–8)||Lost Semi-finals (Kansas City Wizards 1–2)||Semi-finals||Champions||20,400||17,215|
|2001||1st, West (14–7–5)||Lost MLS Cup (San Jose Earthquakes 1–2)||Champions||Did not qualify||17,387||9,278|
|2002||1st, West* (16–9–3)||Won MLS Cup (New England Revolution 1–0)||Final||Did not qualify||19,047||18,013|
|2003||4th, West (9–12–9)||Lost Conference Semi-finals (San Jose Earthquakes 4–5)||Semi-finals||Quarter-finals||21,983||20,201|
|2004||2nd, West (11–9–10)||Lost Conference Final (Kansas City Wizards 0–2)||Fourth round||Did not qualify||23,809||20,026|
|2005||4th, West (13–13–5)||Won MLS Cup (New England Revolution 1–0)||Champions||Did not qualify||24,204||17,466|
|2006||5th, West (11–15–6)||Did not qualify||Final||Quarter-finals||20,814||Did not qualify|
|2007||5th, West (9–14–7)||Did not qualify||Third round||Did not qualify||24,252|
|2008||6th, West (8–13–9)||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||26,008|
|2009||1st, West (12–6–12)||Lost MLS Cup (Real Salt Lake 4–5)||Did not qualify||20,416||26,186|
|2010||1st, West* (18–7–5)||Lost Conference Final (FC Dallas 0–3)||Quarter-finals||21,437||27,000|
|2011||1st, West* (19–5–10)||Won MLS Cup (Houston Dynamo 1–0)||Quarter-finals||Quarter-finals||23,335||21,171|
|2012||4th, West (16–12–6)||Won MLS Cup (Houston Dynamo 3–1)||Third round||Quarter-finals||23,136||24,804|
|2013||3rd, West (15–11–8)||Lost Conference Semi-finals (Real Salt Lake 1–2)||Third round||Semi-finals||22,152||27,000|
|2014||2nd, West (17–7–10)||Won MLS Cup (New England Revolution 2–1)||Fifth Round||Did not qualify||21,258||27,000|
|2015||5th, West (14–11–9)||Lost Knockout Round (Seattle Sounders FC 2–3)||Quarterfinals||Quarter-finals||23,392||N/A|
|2016||3rd, West (12–6–16)||Lost Conference Semi-final (Colorado Rapids 1–1)||Semi-final||Did not qualify||25,147||21,306|
|2017||11th, West (8–18–8)||Did Not Qualify||Quarter-Finals||Did Not Qualify||22,301||Did Not Qualify|
* Won MLS Supporters' Shield
MLS regular season only, as of October 25, 2015
|Season||League Record||Top Scorer|
|1999||32||20||12||0||49||29||54||C. Jones/C. Hermosillo||8|
|2016||34||12||6||16||54||39||52||Giovani Dos Santos||14|
MLS regular season only, as of October 23, 2016
- Games: Cobi Jones (306)
- Goals: Landon Donovan (112)
- Hat Tricks: Cobi Jones, Edson Buddle, Robbie Keane (4)
- Assists: Landon Donovan (107)
- Cleansheets: Kevin Hartman (62)
MLS regular season only, as of July 27, 2015
- As of October 1, 2016 
Most Valuable PlayerEdit
|1997||Mauricio Cienfuegos||El Salvador|
|1998||Cobi Jones||United States|
|1999||Kevin Hartman||United States|
|2000||Simon Elliott||New Zealand|
|2001||Ezra Hendrickson||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|2003||Kevin Hartman||United States|
|2004||Kevin Hartman||United States|
|2005||Herculez Gomez||United States|
|2006||Landon Donovan||United States|
|2007||Chris Klein||United States|
|2008||Landon Donovan||United States|
|2009||Landon Donovan||United States|
|2010||Edson Buddle||United States|
|2011||Landon Donovan||United States|
|2016||Giovani dos Santos||Mexico|
MLS regular season only, as of February 26, 2015
The Golden Boot winner is the leading goal scorer at the end of the season (only goals in MLS count). This award did not exist from 1996 to 2004. The MLS Scoring Champion Award included both goal and assist totals those years.
|2005||Landon Donovan||United States||12|
|2006||Landon Donovan||United States||12|
|2007||Landon Donovan||United States||8|
|2008||Landon Donovan||United States||20|
|2009||Landon Donovan||United States||12|
|2010||Edson Buddle||United States||17|
|2011||Landon Donovan||United States||12|
|2016||Giovani dos Santos||Mexico||14|
MLS regular season only, as of February 26, 2015
Defensive Player of the YearEdit
MLS regular season only, as of February 26, 2015.
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