The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has garnered a lot of media attention and a huge fan base, but some soccer fans in LA will remind you that there's another team in town: the LA Galaxy.
Outstanding night at the @LAFC game hanging in the rockin' @LAFC3252 supporters section with @kcrw's @UnFictionalBob and @RadioChio. Every stripe of #GreaterLA singing, chanting, and having a great time. pic.twitter.com/aJMe2AXc1Y— Christian Bordal (@ChristianBordal) May 18, 2019
"Historically the Galaxy are the cream of the crop. We've had a tremendous history with players from other leagues in Europe and South America and Mexico wanting to play and represent and wear the Galaxy badge on their shirt. And that's because this has always been the crown jewel of Major League Soccer," says super fan and KCRW Digital Music Editor, Tyler Hale.
The Galaxy is more than 20 years old, and it has won five Major League Soccer titles, a league record. It has attracted some of the most famous soccer players in the world, including Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, and most recently, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s a goal-scoring machine.
The team is worth about $330 million, according to Forbes and is consistently ranked as one of the most valuable franchises in Major League Soccer.
The rivalries between the Galaxy and LAFC teams, and between their fans, are intense. There have been concerns about violence between fans in the past. But Brendan Hannan, the Galaxy’s VP of Marketing, says the team takes concerns about violence between fans seriously. "We've had challenges when it comes to safety and security at Banc of California. There were a number of fans who were involved from a Galaxy perspective that were beat up, and there was some elements of fan violence."
Responding to KCRW, LAFC calls Hannan's claims of Galaxy fans being beaten up, "not accurate," and goes on to say that " games at Banc of California Stadium are a fun, SAFE and un-paralleled fan experience."
There’s also the question of whether there are enough fans in LA for two teams.
"I think competition in any area is good. I think it forces both clubs to be better. I think it forces both clubs to make sure that they're investing in their fans," says Hannan.
Recently, the Galaxy beat LAFC 3-to-2 in a contentious game, with the Galaxy’s new international star forward, Ibrahimovic, scoring all three Galaxy goals.
The next game between the two is this Sunday night at 7:30 PM at Banc of California stadium.
Bring your blood pressure medicine.
This story has been updated.