The Los Angeles Galaxy (shortened as the LA Galaxy) is a professional American soccer club situated in Carson, Los Angeles, California. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) and is also one of the league’s 10 charter clubs. Also, the Los Angeles Galaxy is considered as the most outstanding team in the MLS.
Originally, the first professional soccer club to have played in Los Angeles was the Los Angeles Kickers, which was established by the past owner of the Fall River Marksmen named Sam Mark.
From there, a lot of teams were more encouraged to join the circle of soccer teams and players in the city. Several teams from LA had played in different soccer organizations, such as the Western American Soccer League (WASL), the American Soccer League/A League and the North American Soccer League.
Some of the most notable soccer game victories in Los Angeles took place during the years 1955, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1974 and 1976. The long-listed compilation of success included the 7 Lamar Hunt US Open Cups in the years 1958, 1964, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1981, four regional championships in the years 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1961, and the first and only international championship success in 1975.
After the Los Angeles Kickers, plenty of soccer clubs were born in Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Galaxy in the year 1993. Originally, the LA Galaxy was first invited to host for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, after some time, the league decided to acquire the club as one of the MLS’ 10 founding teams.
The inaugural season of the club happened in the year 1996, where they finished first in the Western Conference and second on the Major League Soccer (MLS) next to the D.C United. The name “Galaxy” refers to Los Angeles being the home of the “stars” from the Hollywood.
Historically, the Los Angeles Galaxy has the most outstanding records of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup championships. The club had won the MLS Cup five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and has remained one of the most competitive MLS clubs since its founding until today’s times.
The LA Galaxy used to play their home games at the Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, California. In the year 2003, they moved to play their home games at their current home venue, the StubHub Center situated in Carson, California, which was shared with their rival team Chivas USA from 2005 until 2014.
In 2007, the club acquired more supports after topping the international headlines by recruiting the English superstar David Beckham from Real Madrid. For the record, it was the highest-profiled signing in the Major League Soccer (MLS) history.
The latest head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy is Bruce Arena, who was once a US National team coach. The longest running rivalry of the club is the San Jose Earthquakes (also termed as the California Clasico), the club also considers the Chivas USA as one of their crosstown rivals, next to the San Jose Earthquakes.