1. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    South Carolina
    For my southern Californian fans:

    I found it interesting in the El Trafico highlights seeing a full section of supporters fully decked out in black, waving flags, and going crazy after Vela's first goal. At a quick glance, they looked like die hard, life-long supporters. But then I realized that the organization has only been around for a year or two and this was the 3rd match ever for the franchise. So... I’m wondering how all the LAFC fans came to be. Is it a geographical divide? Are they disgruntled old Galaxy fans? Are they new soccer fans hopping on the next trend?
  2. tim

    tim Active Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I’ve been asking myself that same question. I know some of the most vocal fans are holdovers from Chivas who have been without a club for a few years. Some others are probably just general fans of the game, who, for whatever reason, have never bought in to the Galaxy. Geography could play a role, too, although that wouldn’t explain all those people in Carson on Saturday.

    One (away) match is hardly enough to provide a definitive answer. I’d be really curious to see the crowd at a LAFC home game. But if I had to provide a guess, I’d say mostly Chivas fans and Galaxy haters (with a smattering of bandwagoners looking for the new, cool, thing in town).
  3. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Besides what Tim mentioned I believe that the MLS is finally being accepted by the futbol fans of SoCal. They've also done a good job in grass roots marketing. I was at a pub watching the Europa Final last year, and a couple representatives of the club were handing out business cards and talking about the new stadium. My buddies who are huge El Tri fans love the signing of Vela. Throw in Bradley and Feilhaber for the USMNT supporters and the bandwagon is picking up folks.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018
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