LA Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy is an American football franchise of the Major League Soccer ( MLS) from Carson, California. The franchise was founded in 1995 and participated in the inaugural season in 1996 on the game mode. The team colors are blue (Deep Space Blue ), gold and white. The name "Galaxy " refers to Los Angeles being the home of many Hollywood stars. Owner of the franchise is the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Galaxy has claimed the Seattle Sounders the highest average attendance of the entire MLS. One of the biggest fan clubs include the " Galaxians " and the " Los Angeles Riot Squad". Mascot of the Galaxy is " Cozmo ", a frog -like extraterrestrials.

LA Galaxy was the first MLS club that has finished a season with a financial gain. In addition, D.C. United is the only U.S. Galaxy club that won the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

  • 4.1 fan groups
  • 4.2 mascots
  • 4.3 anthem
  • 4.4 rivalries
  • 5.1 Organization
  • 5.2 sponsors
  • 7.1 Current Senior Squad
  • 7.2 Existing Players
  • 7.3 Coaching staff
  • 7.4 Existing trainer
  • 9.1 record this season
  • 9.2 Club Records
  • 9.3 Visitors section


1995-1996: The early years

The Major League Soccer was founded in 1992 as part of the award of the World Cup to the United States. The first MLS season was played in 1996. Los Angeles Galaxy was one of the founding members of the new North American professional league. In the first season, Californians reached the first place in the Western Conference and defeated in the final of the MLS Cup against DC United. The team was coached at the time by the German Lothar Osiander, among others, in 80 years the U.S. national soccer team had trained. The most successful player was Eduardo Hurtado, who scored 21 goals and was named the "Most Valuable Player " of the MLS.

1997-2005: The years of success

The second MLS season started for Californians with a win in eight games. By the end of the regular season to Galaxy nevertheless won a place in play-offs. In Conference semifinals, the team was defeated by Dallas Burn. International took part in this year's LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, where they could reach the final. There Californians CD Cruz Azul documents with 3:5.

In the coming years it managed the team again and again the front ranks of the table to take. 2000 was celebrated by winning the CONCACAF Champions Cup, the first international title. A year later the team the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup took in the final against New England Revolution. The enduring success of the series from Los Angeles Galaxy was crowned in 2002 by winning the MLS Cup. This could repeat the team in 2005, while also winning the U.S. Open Cup for the second time. So they took the third team of the MLS history, the Double. During this time, the squad consisted of more and more international players. The best known were Andreas Herzog, Jorge Campos, Luis Hernández or Cobi Jones.


The 2006 season was a disappointing one. For the first time in club history, the team missed the playoffs. The coach Steve Sampson was fired during the season and replaced by Frank Yallop. and Manager Doug Hamilton died on the return flight from a CONCACAF Champions Cup match at Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) of a heart attack.

In November 2006, announced club president Alexi Lalas, that the club is interested in signing the England international David Beckham. On January 11, 2007 David Beckham confirmed the change from Real Madrid to Los Angeles, on July 21, 2007 denied " Becks " his first game for Galaxy, where she again missed the playoffs. In 2007, the team with Herbalife for the first time a jersey sponsor. The $ 4.5 million contract was signed for 5 years.

In the 2008 season, Galaxy could not reach the play-offs. Because of this early exit from the championship wintered the two stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan by loan at AC Milan and Bayern Munich in Europe to fitzuhalten for the new season.

The MLS 2009 season was crowned by reaching the final of the play-offs. There Galaxy lost to Real Salt Lake on penalties. Previously, it was the first team in the Western Conference, but missed winning the MLS Supporters' Shield since the Columbus Crew could reach a point more. Top scorer was Landon Donovan with 12 hits. As runner-up of the Regular Season to LA Galaxy qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2010/11. In the Preliminary Round, the qualifying round of the tournament, the team against the Puerto Rico Islanders FC was eliminated.

On the final day of the regular season of the MLS season in 2010 the team won the MLS Supporters' Shield. Galaxy Thus qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2011 /12. Edson Buddle was goalscorer, he scored 17 goals during the regular season.

2011: MLS Cup

At the end of the regular season, the following season the team again won the MLS Supporters' Shield. In the subsequent play-offs the Galaxies met the New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinals. In the first leg we won 1-0 and also the return match ended with a 2-1 to the Californians. In the semifinals, Real Salt Lake was defeated 3-1. In the final of the MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy Houston Dynamo met. In the 72nd minute Landon Donovan scored the winning goal and gave his team so that the third MLS Cup.

Crest and colors

The current colors of the Los Angeles Galaxies are white, dark blue and gold. With the arrival of David Beckham in 2007, the logo and also the team colors were changed. Before, gold, green and white colors of the determinants. In the first season, Californians were still wearing black and gold jerseys.

Since inception, the franchise had two logos for his team. The first was gold, green and black. In the middle of the logo was to read "Galaxy". In 2007, the logo was changed.

Logo since 2007


From 1996 to 2002 every home game was in the 92,542 -seat Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California held. Was mostly for the games in U.S. Open Cup in the Titan Stadium, which is located on the grounds of the California State University in Fullerton, California, dodged.

2003 moved into the Galaxies, the then Home Depot Center, which is located on the campus of California State University, Carson, California. Namesake of the stadium since June 1, 2013, the Internet ticket exchange StubHub! . The stadium holds 27,000 spectators and was the second purpose-built for the football stadium in the MLS, in which case also American football and rugby matches are played. Since 2005, LA Galaxy shares the stadium with the CD Chivas USA.

Fans and rivals

Fan groups

Galaxy currently has three organized fan groups: The Los Angeles Riot Squad ( LARS), the Angel City Brigade ( ACB) and the Galaxians.


The mascot of the Galaxies is a frog -like extraterrestrials called " Cozmo ". According to his CV he has beamed on 7 June 2003 from his spaceship into the Home Depot Center. In the universe he is known for his Goalkeeper reflexes in the speed of light.

He is popular with fans for his entertaining deposits during home games. In addition, he travels around throughout Southern California to represent the team and teaches children the fundamentals of football.


The team anthem is in English "We are the Galaxy", it is sung by the group Kinky.


In the nineties was D.C. United's main rival of the LA Galaxy. Both teams were in 1996 and 1999 compared to the MLS Cup. Both games were won by United. The rivalry is strong even today.

After the turn of the millennium, a strong rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes developed. 2001 won the Earthquakes to MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory after extra time against the Galaxy. After the 2005 season, the club license of Earthquakes and all the players were transferred to Houston and play since there further than Houston Dynamo. In 2008, the San Jose Earthquakes were refounded as the 14th MLS team again.

Currently, the CD Chivas USA is the main rival of the Galaxy. Both teams will be the only local derby the MLS. Both teams play during each season to the " Honda SuperClassico ". For many fans, is this rivalry more to marketing than to sports.

Organization and sponsorship


The franchise Los Angeles Galaxy MLS heard since October 1998 Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is a subsidiary of Anschutz Corporation. All economic concerns are directed by Tom Payne. In addition to its function as a coach, Bruce Arena is also general manager of the franchise. The AEG is also owner of the Home Depot Center.


In March 2007, Los Angeles Galaxy signed a five -year contract with the U.S. company, Herbalife. Thus, the company secured the rights to be allowed to occur as a jersey sponsor of the team.

Other sponsors include McDonald's, Toyota, UPS and adidas.


All matches of Los Angeles Galaxy are transmitted through the regional TV broadcasters Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket Fox Sports. The transmitters can be received in the territories Southern California, Central California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii.

All games can also be received via the radio station KLAC AM 570 and KTLK 1150 AM. The transmission radius is limited in this case to the Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Players and staff

Current Senior Squad

As of July 3, 2013

Existing players

  • Turks and Caicos Islands Gavin Glinton (2002-2003, 2006-2007)
  • United States Herculez Gomez (2003-2006)
  • United States Kevin Hartman (1997-2006)
  • Mexico Carlos Hermosillo (1998-1999)
  • Mexico Luis Hernández (2000-2001)
  • Ecuador Eduardo Hurtado (1996-1998)
  • Canada Ante Jazic (2006-2009)
  • United States Cobi Jones (1996-2007)
  • United States Alexi Lalas (2001-2003)
  • United States Eddie Lewis (2008-2010)
  • Jamaica Tyrone Marshall (2002-2007)

Coaching staff

As of July 3, 2013

  • United States Bruce Arena ( Trainer)
  • United States Dave Sara Chan ( assistant coach )
  • United States Curt Onalfo (assistant coach and reserve team coach )
  • United States Pat Noonan (assistant coach )
  • United States Ian Feuer ( Goalkeeper Coach )
  • United States David comb Arman (Director of Soccer Operations )

Previous coach

  • Germany Lothar Osiander (1996-1997)
  • Ecuador Octavio Zambrano (1997-1999)
  • United States Germany Sigi Schmid (1999-2004)
  • United States Steve Sampson (2004-2006)
  • Frank Yallop Canada (2006-2007)
  • Netherlands Ruud Gullit (2007-2008)
  • United States Cobi Jones ( interim), (2008)
  • United States Bruce Arena (2008 -present)


  • CONCACAF Champions ' Cup Winner (1 ): 2000
  • Finale ( 1): 1997
  • MLS Cup Winners (4): 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012
  • Finale ( 4): 1996, 1999, 2001, 2009
  • MLS Supporters' Shield Winners (4): 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011
  • Winner ( Playoffs ) (7): 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Winner (2): 2001, 2005
  • Finale ( 2): 2002, 2006
  • Pan - Pacific Championship Finale ( 1): 2009


Record this season

Club Records

These records relate to the regular season up to and including the 2011 season:

  • Most Games: Cobi Jones, 306
  • Top goals: Landon Donovan, 83
  • Most Assists: Cobi Jones, 86
  • Most clean sheets: Kevin Hartman, 62

Visitors section