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  • Writer's pictureRichard Fleming

Team Profile: LA Galaxy

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Year founded: 1994.

First season in MLS: 1996.

Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA.

Honors: MLS Cup (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), CONCACAF Champions Cup (2000), Supporters' Shield (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011), U.S. Open Cup (2001, 2005).

2023 highlights: the Galaxy will turn back the clock for their season opener, which will be against LAFC at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This was home for the Galaxy from the league's first season in 1996 until the end of the 2002 campaign. The first match at Dignity Health Sports Park comes in game four, after trips to FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City. They host LAFC in Carson on April 16th, before heading to BMO Stadium on September 16th. It is that third and final meeting with LAFC which comes at the start of a fierce run-in. The Galaxy has home games with Minnesota, Portland, and FC Dallas - their final regular season contest. They are away at Austin, Seattle, and Minnesota.

Head Coach: Greg Vanney.

Players to watch: Javier Hernández, Riqui Puig, Dejan Joveljic, Gastón Brugman.

Players in:

Players out:

Tyler Boyd (free agent)

Lucas Calegari (loan from Fluminese)

Jonathan Klinsmann (re-signed) Chris Mavinga (free agent) Memo Rodríguez (free agent)

Uri Rosell (free agent)

Julián Araujo (transferred to Barcelona)

Kévin Cabral (trade to Colorado) Cameron Dunbar (traded to Minnesota) Nick DePuy (trade to Nashville) Samuel Grandsir (transferred to Le Havre AC) Sacha Kljestan (out of contract) Richard Sánchez (option declined) Víctor Vázquez (option declined) Derrick Williams (trade to D.C. United) Eriq Zavaleta (option declined)

2022 summary: having missed the playoffs four of the previous five seasons, the Galaxy roared back last year to finish fourth in the Western Conference, ahead of fifth-placed Nashville courtesy of more wins. Javier Hernandez was leading scorer, with an MLS career high18 goals. That tally could have been even more impressive had he not managed to convert just three of his six penalty kicks. Despite starting only seven of his 32 appearances, Dejan Joveljic was second top scorer with 11 goals in his first full season in MLS. Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond played every minute, and in midfielder Riqui Puig (pictured) - who joined in early August - they have a midfield magician who orchestrated so much of the good stuff heading down the stretch.

Facts and Stats: in all, the Galaxy holds an 86-32-9 record at The Rose Bowl. Their first game there was April 13th, 1996, and a 2-1 win over a MetroStars side which included Tony Meola, Peter Vermes, and Giovanni Savarese. The 14 MLS wins for the Galaxy last season were the most head coach Greg Vanney had overseen since leading Toronto FC to 20 wins and the treble (MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield, Canadian Championship) in 2017.

Milestones in 2023: when the Galaxy opens their season against LAFC at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, it will be the first MLS match there since the Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-0 on October 5th, 2002 in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals. With this game in Pasadena, the Galaxy will be hoping to set a club attendance record. The previous high, of 69,255, was set for their first-ever game in 1996 inside The Rose Bowl.

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