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Los Angeles Galaxy
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Full name Los Angeles Galaxy
Nickname(s) Galaxy
Founded 1995
Stadium The Home Depot Center
Carson, California
(Capacity: 27,000)
Owner United States Philip Anschutz (AEG)
Head Coach United States Bruce Arena
League Major League Soccer
2009 Western Conference: 1st
Overall: 2nd
Playoffs: Final
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

Los Angeles Galaxy (commonly referred to as L.A. Galaxy) is an American, professional soccer club based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California. The club is a member of Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter franchises of MLS and is the league's second most-decorated club, after D.C. United. The name "Galaxy" is derived from Los Angeles being home to the 'stars' of Hollywood.[1]

The club has won the MLS Cup twice (2002, 2005), the U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and one of just two MLS teams to win a CONCACAF championship, which they accomplished in 2000. L.A. plays its home matches at The Home Depot Center in Carson, which they share with arch-rival, Chivas USA.

In January 2007, the club made international headlines by signing English superstar David Beckham, to a record deal potentially worth $250 million. L.A. is currently MLS' most profitable and popular club and is among the top teams in the league in attendance.

Contents

History

1996-2005: Decade of success

The LA Galaxy appeared in the first MLS Cup in 1996 losing to D.C. United. They appeared in it two more times in 1999 and 2001 before finally winning it in 2002. They were regular season champions of the Western Conference in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002, winning the league's Supporters' Shield for best record in 1998 and 2002. They won the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2005 and won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2000. After losing to Landon Donovan and the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS Cup 2001 and in the 2003 MLS Cup playoffs, AEG orchestrated the transfer of Landon Donovan to the Galaxy in 2005, and the Galaxy won the MLS Cup a second time in 2005 to cap off their first decade. The Galaxy hold the singular distinction of having made the MLS playoffs in each of the club's first ten seasons*.

  • The league consisted of 10 teams, of which 8 made the playoffs.

2006-2008

2006: First taste of failure

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.[2] The season is considered the worst in the Galaxy's history, as 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,[3] replaced by Frank Yallop.[4] The team managed to make a run to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final, but lost 3-1 against the Chicago Fire.

2007: Arrival of David Beckham and more struggles

On January 11, 2007, Reuters reported that former England captain David Beckham would leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and enter into a five-year deal with the Galaxy.

In March 2007 it was announced that Herbalife would be the primary shirt sponsor of the Galaxy in a five-year deal worth between $4–5 million a year until 2011.[5]

On July 21, David Beckham made his long-awaited debut before a record crowd of nearly 30,000 at The Home Depot Center, 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. The match set an all-time record high for TV ratings for MLS on ESPN.

The Galaxy played to good results in the Superliga competition, which featured four MLS teams and four Mexican league teams. The Galaxy advanced to the Superliga finals, facing Pachuca, which the Galaxy had defeated in the first round. The Galaxy lost after extra-time on penalty kicks.

In the SuperLiga match versus FC Dallas on July 31, a total of 11 goals were scored, with the final 6-5 in favor of Galaxy. This match tied the all-time record for number of goals scored in a match between two MLS sides, and the win guaranteed the Galaxy a spot in the tournament's semifinals.[6]

In August, following five successive league defeats, pressure mounted on the club, especially head coach, Frank Yallop, and there were widespread rumors that he would be sacked. However, their fortunes turned around and after five straight league victories, the Galaxy's post-season hopes were surprisingly still alive toward the end of the season.

The Galaxy were officially eliminated from the playoffs on October 21, in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire. With a final season record of 9-14-7, both unpopular general manager Alexi Lalas and head coach Frank Yallop were rumored to be in danger of being sacked by owner Philip Anschutz, after a second consecutive season in which the club failed to reach the post-season.

Offseason: departures and arrivals

After the 2007 season Cobi Jones retired. In addition, several players were expected to leave the club in the offseason. Former Germany manager and Orange County, California resident, Jürgen Klinsmann, was rumored to be the favorite to replace Yallop as head coach.[7]

Amidst rumors that he was going to be sacked, Yallop resigned as head coach on November 4, 2007, following a friendly match at Home Depot Center. MLS expansion club, the San Jose Earthquakes, bought out his contract and offered a 3rd round draft pick to the Galaxy to make Yallop their new head coach.[8]

On November 7, rumors spread that former Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Feyenoord manager, Ruud Gullit, had accepted an offer to be the Galaxy's new head coach. [9] On November 9, Gullit was officially unveiled as the Galaxy's head coach, signing a three-year contract with the club which made him the highest paid coach in MLS history.[10] Newly-retired Galaxy and international star Cobi Jones was brought on as assistant coach.

On November 19, 2007, the Galaxy acquired U.S. international Clint Mathis from New York for a third round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.[11] He made his debut for the Galaxy in a friendly at Telstra Stadium against Sydney and scored the first goal in the Galaxy's match versus Wellington Phoenix. In a strange move which led to more criticism of under-fire club G.M. Alexi Lalas, less than two months after acquiring Mathis, he was sold to Greek club Ergotelis. It is believed that coach Ruud Gullit did not want Mathis in his squad. On November 21, in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft, the Galaxy lost forward Gavin Glinton with the ninth pick to stock expansion club, the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Galaxy went on a promotional tour of Australia and New Zealand and played two friendlies with teams of the new Australian A-League. In a match against Sydney on November 27, captain David Beckham scored via a trademark free kick, but the Galaxy lost, 5-3. The match resulted in the largest attendance in Australia for a club friendly, with just over 82,000 spectators, and was the first game since the A-leagues inception that a game was televised on free to air television. The Galaxy recorded a 4-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on December 1. Beckham again scored, this time from the penalty spot, during the second half. The attendance of 31,853 was a record for a football match in New Zealand. L.A. plans a friendly against FC Barcelona for late June.

On January 10, 2008, goalkeeper Joe Cannon was sold to the San Jose Earthquakes, where he was reunited with Frank Yallop, for an undisclosed allocation fee. While Cannon was very popular with Galaxy supporters and his performances were one of the few positives last season, salary cap space was required for new striker Carlos Ruiz. Steve Cronin, who recently signed a multi-year contract extension with L.A., was expected to be the starting goalkeeper for the club next season.[12] The team also signed the 2007 USL1 Goalkeeper of the Year, Josh Wicks, as Cronin's backup.

On January 15, 2008, the Galaxy reacquired 28-year-old striker Carlos Ruiz from FC Dallas to replace the ineffective Carlos Pavon, who had been recently released by the club, for a second-round draft pick in 2009 and an undisclosed amount of allocation money. This is Ruiz' second stint with the Galaxy, where from 2002–04, he was the club's leading scorer in each season, garnering MLS MVP honors and scoring a league-best 24 goals enroute to leading the club to its first MLS Cup championship in 2002. In 2005, he was dealt to F.C. Dallas to make way for Landon Donovan. Ruiz is the leading scorer in MLS postseason history and is the 8th leading scorer in league history. In Ruiz, L.A. has secured a proven goal-scorer, something they seriously lacked last season, and supporters will eagerly await how he partners with captain David Beckham and strike partner, Landon Donovan.[13]

In January, rumors began to circulate that the Galaxy was interested in acquiring Inter Milan midfielder Luís Figo and that a deal may have already been signed. The purchase of Carlos Ruiz rather than an established striker from Europe (such as Andriy Shevchenko), who would take up the club's second designated player slot (which the Galaxy would need to acquire from another club), increased the speculation that Figo would be reunited with former Real Madrid teammate, David Beckham, in Los Angeles[14] On January 18, 2008, the speculation intensified when the Galaxy sold defender Chris Albright to the New England Revolution for an undisclosed allocation fee. Rumor sites had been claiming for weeks that if Albright was sold to clear up salary space, Figo would be on his way to L.A. after his contract expires with Inter Milan in June.[15]

On January 21, 2008, The Times reported that 29-year-old former Chelsea and Newcastle United defender, Celestine Babayaro, had signed a 3-year-deal with the Galaxy after being released by Newcastle. Babayaro was expected to partner fellow former Premier League defender Abel Xavier in the heart of the L.A. defense next season and also be reunited with his former manager at Chelsea, Ruud Gullit.[16] However, on March 3, Babayaro was released by the club after playing only 45 minutes for L.A. Speculation ensued that he was released because he either demanded too much money or was deemed not good enough by Ruud Gullit.[17]

On February 15, the Galaxy acquired 33-year-old defender Greg Vanney from D.C. United in exchange for midfielder Quavas Kirk, as a replacement for Ty Hardin, who strangely retired after only one season with the club. Vanney, who began his MLS career with the Galaxy in 1996, returns to Los Angeles after previous stops at FC Dallas, Colorado and D.C. United, as well as a three year stint with Bastia in France's Ligue 1.[18]

On February 21, the Galaxy fell 1-0 to Japanese club Gamba Osaka in the semi-finals of the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii.[19] However, on February 23, LA defeated Sydney 2-1 in the tournament third-place match. David Beckham assisted on both goals, scored by rookie Ely Allen and Josh Tudela.[20]

In the opening match of the club's pre-season tour of Asia, the Galaxy fell 2-1 in penalties to FC Seoul after drawing 1-1 in regulation. In the 22nd minute, captain Beckham assisted Alan Gordon off a free kick to take the lead. However, ten minutes later, Celestine Babayaro, in his debut (and only appearance for the club), was called for a penalty, from which FC Seoul eqaulized. Babayaro was surprisingly released by the club following the match. Following a dull, scoreless second half, the match went to penalties to decide the Motorola Cup champion. After David Beckham made L.A.'s first penalty, Carlos Ruiz, Peter Vagenas, Chris Klein and Greg Vanney all missed, handing victory to the Koreans.[21]

The second leg of the Asian tour took place March 5 versus Shanghai-Hong Kong United (All-Star team). The Galaxy won 3-0 with a hat-trick from Carlos Ruiz. The first was assisted by Beckham just before the half with the latter 2 provided by rookies Sean Franklin and Ely Allen.[22]

In the final pre-season match of the Asian Tour, the Galaxy fell 5-4 in penalties to Hong Kong Union (All-Star team) after drawing 2-2 in regulation. The regulation goals came from Alan Gordon and a penalty kick by Beckham. The lone miss in the penalty shootout came from Greg Vanney.

In the final friendly match of the pre-season, the Galaxy played in a scoreless draw versus FC Dallas in the FC Dallas Foundation Charity Game in Frisco, Texas.[23]

2008: Expectations unfulfilled

Amid high expectations, on March 29, 2008, Los Angeles kicked off the 2008 season against the Colorado Rapids in Denver. However, despite the team being at full-strength, including a fully-fit and healthy David Beckham, the match proved to be a disaster as L.A. limped to a 4-0 defeat. Despite an impressive display by Galaxy captain Beckham, who was integral by putting his teammates in position to tie the game three times, Carlos Ruiz and Landon Donovan failed to find the net. Especially disappointing was 35-year-old center back Abel Xavier, who was repeatedly beaten in a nightmare performance. In the 10th minute, he conceded the free kick from which the Rapids scored their first goal, along with committing a penalty from which Colorado scored their second goal in the 60th minute. To complete his miserable night, Xavier was sent off in the 89th minute for bumping the referee while protesting a decision. To make things worse, Ruiz sprained his MCL in his right knee and required surgery. He was ruled out 4–6 weeks.[24]

On April 3, L.A. took on expansion club, the San Jose Earthquakes (and former coach Frank Yallop and goalkeeper Joe Cannon) in a match broadcast nationally on ESPN's MLS Primetime Thursday. Beckham and Donovan played well in the Galaxy's home opener and assisted each other on their respective goals, in a dominant 2-0 win in the restarting of the "California Clasico." The strike was Beckham's first goal in MLS league play.[25]

The Galaxy played Real Salt Lake on May 3, Real scored two back-to-back goals by Kenny Deuchar and Fabian Espindola before the Galaxy struck. Beckham scored back-to-back goals, both in the top right corner. One was an assist from Gordon, the following one a free kick from about 25-30 yards out. Beckham's two-goal effort tied the game, giving the Galaxy another point in the standings. The Galaxy played their next match against recent expansion chicago fire. Despite Landon Donovan scoring twice to pull the Galaxy from behind, they ultimately fell 3-2 to a late Jeff Cunningham goal.

Following the Toronto match, the Galaxy faced defending MLS Cup champions Houston Dynamo. Another two goal game from Landon Donovan (both assisted by David Beckham) proved enough to earn a point as the two sides drew 2-2.

The first installment of the Honda SuperClasico occurred 4-26-08 as the league's only cross-town rivals, Chivas USA and the Galaxy played. The Galaxy won the game 5-2 with Landon Donovan scoring a hat trick getting his league-leading 6th, 7th and 8th goals of the season.

After a 2-1 loss to Red Bull New York, coach Gullit bemoaned a 'lack of leadership'.[26] On May 24, 2008, L.A. defeated the Kansas City Wizards 3-1, giving the Galaxy their first winning record in two years and moving the club into first place in the Western Division. Landon Donovan scored his league-leading 9th goal of the season and David Beckham scored a spectacular goal from 70 yards out.[27]

However, defensive mishaps plagued the Galaxy and after they squandered two leads to the Columbus Crew in a 3-3 tie, Kyle McCarthy declared "The broken defense needs fixing" and urged the Galaxy that a defensive midfielder is "the one position that requires some immediate attention once the transfer window opens," and doubted whether Galaxy could win the MLS Cup without adjustments to its defense.[28] On MLSnet.com's Extratime, Greg Lalas said, "It seems like there's a lack of concentration in the back. Abel Xavier obviously isn't the answer in the back there, let alone on the middle of the bench," while co-commentator Shep Messing added, "Young Steve Cronin reminds me of Brad Guzan last year with Chivas. I mean just getting pummelled." He suggested the Galaxy fix their defense by "getting a good central defender, they don't have one," or by strengthening the defensive midfield.[29] General Manager Alexi Lalas confirmed this, saying, "“It’s no revelation that given our defensive performance this season, we’re looking to bolster that side of the equation," adding "we’ve settled on a guy who we think can help us."[30]

On July 8, 2008, the Los Angeles Galaxy, announced that Argentinian central defender Eduardo Domínguez had joined the team. Pending his visa and the transfer window to open up on July 15, 2008, Dominguez was not expected to begin his Galaxy career against Chivas USA. His shirt number was assigned the number 25—the same number he wore while playing for Huracan.[31]

On August 11, 2008, following a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, Ruud Gullit resigned as coach from the Los Angeles Galaxy citing personal reasons, and president and general manager Alexi Lalas was relieved of his duties. This followed a seven-game winless streak which saw the Galaxy fall from 1st place in the Western Conference to outside playoff contention.[32]

Former US men's national team head coach Bruce Arena was hired to replace Gullit on August 18, 2008. On October 18, 2008, a 3-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo officially eliminated the Galaxy from playoff contention for the third-straight season.

The Galaxy defeated an Oceania XI 3-0 in a one off friendly in Auckland, New Zealand on December 6, 2008.

Beckham and Donovan loans

In January, 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 was loaned from January to March to Italian giants A.C. Milan, while Donovan was loaned to German giants Bayern Munich. While Donovan had already made it clear that he was seeking a permanent transfer to Munich, Beckham was expected to return to L.A. in March, prior to the 2009 season. However, after impressing at the Italian club, scoring two goals in his first four matches, rumors began to swirl that Beckham would stay in Milan, with the Italian club reportedly offering to pay a multi-million dollar fee for the English legend. The rumors were confirmed on February 4, when Beckham stated that he was seeking a permanent transfer to Milan, in a bid to sustain his England career through the 2010 World Cup.[33]

On February 7, it was announced that Galaxy officials had rejected Milan's initial offer, believed to be in the region of 5 million pounds, claiming the offer was "too low" and that "time was running out" to conclude the deal. It was believed that the Los Angeles club were seeking an offer in the $10–15 million range, but wanted the deal finished quickly, as the club wanted to rebuild the squad with the transfer money prior to the start of the league season in March. Several Milan players and manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed their desire for Beckham to stay with the club permanently, with Ancelotti even pleading with Milan executives to "make sacrifices" to sign Beckham.[34]

In a surprise twist on February 13, L.A. announced that Milan had failed to make the expected second offer prior to MLS commissioner Don Garber's deadline on the 13th, and that Beckham would be staying with the Galaxy for the 2009 season. The American club also revealed that Beckham did have a release clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free at the conclusion of the 2009 season.[35] On February 14, Milan chief executive, Adriano Galliani dismissed the MLS deadline, calling it a "tactic" and said that Milan were still hopeful of signing Beckham. Ancelotti also referred to Beckham as "indispensable" to his squad and reiterated his desire that Beckham stay with the club.[36]

On March 5, it was announced that the Bayern Munich were not interested in offering Donovan a permanent contract and that he would be returning to the Galaxy prior to the start of the MLS season.[37] Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that with strikers such as Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni already available, additional forwards should be young "with perspective".[38]

On March 8, one day before his loan deal was to expire, it was announced that Milan and Los Angeles had reached an agreement to allow Beckham to stay in Italy until the conclusion of the Rossoneri's season in June, similar to a timeshare deal. According to the terms of the deal, Beckham will take a short vacation before returning to the Galaxy in July, possibly for a scheduled friendly match against Milan. According to Galaxy officials, the unique deal was "funded jointly by Milan and the player himself." A Milan source stated that the club had paid less than $6 million, with Beckham paying the remainder of the fee himself.

After the deal was announced, Beckham stated that his family was settled in L.A. and would be remaining there, which cast doubts on speculation that Beckham was seeking a permanent move to Milan. While his future remains unclear after the conclusion of the MLS season in November, it is believed that Beckham plans to return to Milan in January and remain with the Rossoneri through the Italian season again. Then, after presumably playing for England in the 2010 World Cup, he would return to MLS permanently to stay with the Galaxy.

In January 2010, it was announced that Donovan would be loaned to play for Everton in the English Premier League with his National Teammate, Tim Howard, to gain more experience playing at a higher level for his trip to the World Cup in South Africa. He is expected to stay with Everton until the World Cup in June, where he will then go and play for USA.

2009: Falling short

The Los Angeles Galaxy qualified for the MLS Cup after defeating Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Extra time with Goals by Berhalter & Landon Donovan. With the win they qualify to the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round. The Los Angeles Galaxy faced off Real Salt Lake on Sunday, November 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington and tied 1-1 through extra time and lost the MLS cup on (5-4 on penalties).

Rivalries

The Galaxy's traditional rival is the San Jose Earthquakes, with whom they battled in the California Clasico until the Earthquakes players and head coach Dominic Kinnear were relocated to Houston, Texas following the 2005 season, becoming the Houston Dynamo. The Galaxy, the Earthquakes and the Dynamo combined to win six of the last seven MLS Cup titles (2001–2007), each team winning two. San Jose's victory over the Galaxy for the title in 2001 was carried out under the leadership of Frank Yallop, with Joe Cannon in goal and Landon Donovan scoring for the Quakes in a 2-1 victory. The two clubs also had epic playoff battles in 2003 and 2005. Following the former Earthquakes players' and head coach's departure to Houston, the Galaxy failed to make the playoffs for the first time in club history in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2007. After having been revived under new ownership as an MLS team for the 2008 season, the Earthquakes returned to the Galaxy's list of closest rivals, resuming the California Clasico.[39]

The Galaxy's biggest rival in the 1990s was D.C. United, when the two squads met in MLS Cup 1996 and MLS Cup 1999. The Galaxy lost 3-2, in overtime, and 2-0, respectively. This rivalry remains strong, as the two clubs are the two most successful clubs in MLS history, along with having the two largest fan bases in the league.

The Galaxy's chief rival for the past few years has been Chivas USA, with whom they share a home stadium. The Galaxy–Chivas USA game is the league's first derby, known as the Honda SuperClasico. Although the Galaxy won all four games the first year of the rivalry, in 2006 a more competitive Chivas side increased the popularity of the SuperClassico, which features sell-out crowds and great atmosphere. The Galaxy won 3 of 4 Classico games in 2006. In the 2007 inaugural tournament Superliga, a new much-anticipated rivalry was formed. The Galaxy took on Chivas USA's parent team Club Deportivo Guadalajara at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and lost 2-1, however they still advanced to the next round leaving their rivals behind.

The rivalry between the Galaxy and Chivas USA heated up during a match on August 23, 2007 when Chivas USA player Jesse Marsch applied committed a professional foul to stop a counter attack by kicking Galaxy captain David Beckham's upper right hip from behind, at the end of the first half. This led to a tense confrontation between Beckham and Marsch, during which Beckham was restrained by teammate Edson Buddle. A shoving match occurred, and Galaxy's midfielder Kevin Harmse threw a punch towards Chivas USA player Alex Zotinca who retaliated by headbutting Harmse. Both players received red cards, and Chivas USA went on to win the match 3-0.

Mascot

Cozmo in action at The Home Depot Center.

The Los Angeles Galaxy's mascot is "Cozmo", a frog-like extraterrestrial. It is said that Cozmo was beamed down to The Home Depot Center from his intergalactic spaceship on June 7, 2003.

The team’s website claims that Cozmo is also “universally known as a goalkeeper who can stop shots traveling at the speed of light,” but also possesses the speed and skill to play forward for any team on the planet.

Cozmo is loved for his antics while entertaining fans during games. In addition, he makes special appearances throughout Southern California, representing the team and is known for teaching kids the basics of soccer.

Cozmo 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. Twizzle was prone to making muscle-man poses.

Television and radio

Galaxy matches are televised regionally on Fox Sports West & Fox Sports Prime Ticket alternatively. Jim Watson and Mark Rogondino are the English language announcers. Spanish TV broadcasts for selected games can be seen on KWHY Channel 22 with Elmer Polanco (Play-by-Play) and Alejandro Navarro (Commentary)

For the 2009-2010 season, regular season matches will be broadcast on KLAC 570 AM (Los Angeles/Orange County) & KTLK 1150 AM alternatively in English and in Spanish on KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles). Joe Tutino does the English play-by-play while Rolando "El Veloz" Gonzalez (Play-By-Play) and Armando Aguayo (Commentary) handle the Spanish broadcasts.

Club Honors

  • MLS Cup:
    • Winner (2): 2002, 2005
    • Runner-up (4): 1996, 1999, 2001, 2009
  • U.S. Open Cup:
    • Winner (2): 2001, 2005
    • Runner-up (2): 2002, 2006

Players

Current roster

As of January 14, 2010.[40]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Jamaica GK Donovan Ricketts
2 United States DF Todd Dunivant
4 United States DF Omar Gonzalez
5 Trinidad and Tobago DF Yohance Marshall
6 United States MF Eddie Lewis
7 United States MF Chris Klein
8 Ukraine MF Dema Kovalenko
9 United States FW Jovan Kirovski
10 United States FW Landon Donovan
11 Trinidad and Tobago MF Chris Birchall
12 Puerto Rico GK Josh Saunders
14 United States FW Edson Buddle
16 United States DF Gregg Berhalter
No. Position Player
17 United States FW Tristan Bowen
18 United States MF Mike Magee
19 Brazil MF Juninho (on loan from São Paulo)
20 United States DF A. J. DeLaGarza
21 United States FW Alan Gordon
22 Brazil DF Leonardo (on loan from São Paulo)
23 England MF David Beckham
26 United States MF Michael Stephens
27 United States FW Bryan Jordan
28 United States DF Sean Franklin
84 United States MF Clint Mathis
88 Brazil DF Alex Cazumba (on loan from São Paulo)

Retired numbers

13United States Cobi Jones, Midfielder, 1996–2007

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Managers

Team records

MLS regular season only, as of 21 September 2008[41]

Most Valuable Player

Year Name Country
2009 Landon Donovan  United States
2008 Landon Donovan  United States
2007 Chris Klein  United States
2006 Landon Donovan  United States
2005 Herculez Gomez  United States
2004 Kevin Hartman  United States
2003 Kevin Hartman  United States
2002 Carlos Ruiz  Guatemala
2001 Ezra Hendrickson  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2000 Simon Elliott  New Zealand
1999 Kevin Hartman  United States
1998 Cobi Jones  United States
1997 Mauricio Cienfuegos  El Salvador
1996 Eduardo Hurtado  Ecuador

Golden Boot Winner

The Golden Boot Winner is the leading goal scorer at the end of the season (only goals in MLS count). Did not exist from 1996 to 2004. MLS Scoring Champion Award included both goal and assist totals those years.

Year Name Country Goals
2009 Landon Donovan  United States 12
2008 Landon Donovan  United States 20
2007 Landon Donovan  United States 8
2006 Landon Donovan  United States 12
2005 Landon Donovan  United States 12

Defensive Player of the Year

Year Name Country
2009 Donovan Ricketts  Jamaica
2008 Sean Franklin  United States
2007 Ty Harden  United States
2006 Chris Albright  United States
2005 Tyrone Marshall  Jamaica
2004 Tyrone Marshall  Jamaica
2003 Danny Califf  United States
2002 Alexi Lalas  United States
2001 Greg Vanney  United States
2000 Danny Califf  United States
1999 Robin Fraser  United States
1998 Robin Fraser  United States
1997 Robin Fraser  United States
1996 Jorge Campos  Mexico

Home stadiums

Home Depot Center

Year-by-year

Year Regular
Season
Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions
League
FIFA
Club World
Cup
SuperLiga
1996 1st, West Final Did not enter Did not enter Started in 2007
1997 2nd, West Quarterfinal Did not enter Final
1998 1st, West* Semifinal Did not enter Qualifying playoff
1999 1st, West Final Quarterfinal Did not qualify
2000 2nd, West Semifinal Semifinal Champions
2001 1st, West Final Champions Did not qualify Cancelled
2002 1st, West* Champions Final Did not qualify
2003 4th, West Quarterfinal Semifinal Quarterfinal
2004 2nd, West Semifinal Fourth Round Did not qualify
2005 4th, West Champions Champions Did not qualify
2006 5th, West Did not qualify Final Quarterfinal
2007 5th, West Did not qualify Third Round Did not qualify Final
2008 6th, West Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 1st, West Final Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 Qualified Did not qualify (09-10)
2011 Qualified to Preliminary
(10-11)

* Won MLS Supporters' Shield

Year-by-year stats

Year League Record Top Scorer
P W L D F A Pts Name G
1996 32 19 13 0 59 49 49 Eduardo Hurtado 21
1997 32 16 16 0 55 44 44 Welton 11
1998 32 24 8 0 85 44 68 Cobi Jones 19
1999 32 20 12 0 49 29 54 Cobi Jones/Carlos Hermosillo 08
2000 32 14 10 8 47 37 50 Cobi Jones 07
2001 26 14 7 5 52 36 47 Luis Hernández 08
2002 28 16 9 3 44 33 51 Carlos Ruiz 24
2003 30 9 12 9 35 35 36 Carlos Ruiz 15
2004 30 11 9 10 42 40 43 Carlos Ruiz 11
2005 32 13 13 6 44 45 45 Landon Donovan 12
2006 32 11 15 6 37 37 39 Landon Donovan 12
2007 30 9 14 7 38 48 34 Landon Donovan 08
2008 30 8 13 9 55 62 33 Landon Donovan 20
Total 398 184 151 63 642 539 594 Cobi Jones 70

International competition

Average attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
1996 30,129 29,883
1997 23,626 26,703
1998 21,784 13,175
1999 17,632 21,039
2000 20,400 25,033
2001 17,387 28,462
2002 19,047 24,596
2003 21,983 20,201
2004 23,809 20,206
2005 24,204 17,466
2006 20,814 N/A
2007 24,252 N/A
2008 26,009 N/A
2009 19,379 26,187
All Time 22,390 22,996

The LA Galaxy draw the second highest average attendance of all MLS teams.[citation needed]

Seattle Sounders FC rank first and Toronto FC are third.

References

  1. ^ "Meaning of the Galaxy name". Sports Encyclopedia. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/mls/losangeles/galaxy.html. Retrieved April 6, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Galaxy GM, president Doug Hamilton dies on flight home". soccertimes.com. March 9, 2006. http://www.soccertimes.com/mls/2006/mar09a.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
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Simple English

Los Angeles Galaxy
Full nameLos Angeles Galaxy
Founded1995
GroundThe Home Depot Center
(Capacity 27,000)
ChairmanPhilip Anschutz
ManagerBruce Arena
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2008Major League Soccer, 6th / West

The Los Angeles Galaxy are an American soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer in Carson, California. They share their home with Chivas USA. Currently signed David Beckham from Real Madrid to play in Los Angeles June 2007.

League title

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
1996Major League SoccerFinal
1997Major League SoccerQuarterfinals
1998Major League SoccerSemifinals
1999Major League SoccerFinal
2000Major League SoccerSemifinals
2001Major League SoccerFinal
2002Major League SoccerChampions
2003Major League SoccerQuarterfinals
2004Major League SoccerSemifinals
2005Major League SoccerChampions
2006Major League Soccer5th / West
2007Major League Soccer5th / West
2008Major League Soccer6th / West

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