1. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
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  2. tim

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    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).
     
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  3. SoCalJoe

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    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.
     
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  4. SoCalJoe

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  5. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

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    I have to admit that I am perfectly happy to be in Atlanta United's home market. They are such an exciting team to watch. Last night's match against Sporting KC was as entertaining as expected - and that's even with Guzan's red card in the 35th minute. SKC rightfully got the victory but it wasn't for Atlanta not trying. The SKC keeper made 3 fantastic saves in the last ten minutes to preserve the clean sheet.
     
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  6. FulhamDC

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    First match is July 14 against Vancouver. We have 15 home games from then until the end of the season, with a lot of midweek matches and a couple of runs of 4 matches in 10 days, so old legs are going to hurt even more. And let's not even talk about the typical July/August weather of 85-90 degrees and 80% humidity!

    On a more positive note, my office looks out over one of Washington DC's finest strip joints, so if Rooney does come here, I imagine I will see a lot of him - walking in and out!
     
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  7. nevzter

    nevzter Well-Known Member

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    Myriad ways to interpret that statement.

    My Quakes are not playing well (despite the surprising road win at Minnetonka). Top notch analysis right there.
     
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  8. SoCalJoe

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    @tim For those not on FB and that didn’t see your pic in the Galaxy section at El Trafico, how was the new stadium? atmosphere? getting in and out of there parking/traffic wise. As for the game from the highlights it looked like a smash and grab point for your boys.
     
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  9. tim

    tim Active Member

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    I actually went with the Galaxy supporters groups and they bussed us in and had us go straight to the visitors section. So I didn’t get to see much of the stadium. What I did see was nice enough. I like the recent design trend of steep stands that bring people closer to the pitch.

    The news the day after was mostly about fan violence and vandalism. What I saw was mostly pretty harmless. But I’m guessing they’ll step up security for the next one.

    As for the game itself, pretty much the standard MO for the Galaxy these days. Play terrible defense and just hope to score more than the other guys.
     
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  10. SoCalJoe

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  11. tim

    tim Active Member

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    I was at the third edition of El Trafico Friday night. A few thoughts:

    -The Galaxy played probably their best half of the season to open the match (before petering our in the second, pretty much the opposite of what we’ve seen all season).

    -The Galaxy are undeniably a better team without the dos Santos brothers in the lineup.

    -Ashley Cole can still play the game.

    -It’s only been three matches, but this is a legit derby. I got my hair cut yesterday and found out that my barber is a member of the 3252. We spent the whole cut talking about the teams, the rivalry, and giving each other a hard time. That’s what derbies are supposed to be.

    -Zlatan remains Zlatan.
     
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