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Los Angeles Galaxy

May 1, 2011

The Los Angeles Galaxy has lived up to its Hollywood reputation, consistently fielding a lineup filled with stars. A founding member of MLS, Los Angeles has won 2 MLS titles and appeared in six finals. Los Angeles became the first club to sign a designated player, when it added David Beckham in 2006. After sustained success in its early years, a porous defense left the Galaxy toward the bottom of the standings in the mid-2000s. Since then, they have been of the league’s best.

KEY PLAYERS:
Landon Donovan is the most celebrated American player in history. Donovan has starred for the U.S. at three World Cups, scoring multiple memorable goals in the 2010 edition. Donovan has had European stints with Everton in England and Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. He is one of MLS’ highest paid stars, earning $2 million per year. His name is one of the most identifiable to the casual American soccer fan and he has appeared in numerous commercials, most notably for Gatorade.

David Beckham is MLS’ global superstar, a player who has made a name for himself at legendary soccer clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid. “Becks” signed with the Galaxy in the summer of 2006, but arrived injured. Fans grew frustrated at Beckham’s absence and the team’s struggles. Finally in 2009, after Beckham’s commitment was questioned by Landon Donovan, the Galaxy turned it around, making it to MLS Cup. Beckham is the league’s highest paid player ($6.5 million per year), and has the option to own an MLS club at the end of his contract.

STADIUM SITUATION:
The Galaxy played in the Rose Bowl until 2003, when the Home Depot Center (capacity: 27,000) was completed in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy has shared the stadium with Chivas USA since its rivals entered MLS.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON: (8)
CONCACAF Champions Cup (1): 2000
MLS Cup (2): 2002, 2005
Supporters’ Shield (3): 1998, 2002, 2010
U.S. Open Cup (2): 2001, 2005

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