The LA Galaxy are a professional soccer team that plays in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). One of the original 10 clubs in MLS, the Galaxy debuted in 1996 and have won MLS Cup four times in the league’s first 18 years, equaling the league record. In addition to their four MLS championships, the club has also won the U.S. Open Cup twice and the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (now known as the CONCACAF Champions League) once.
Owned and operated by AEG, the Galaxy play their home games at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. A state-of-the-art 27,000-seat facility, StubHub Center has hosted MLS Cup a record five times, including in 2011 and 2012, when LA won back-to-back titles in front of record home crowds. After spending their first seven years playing at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the club moved to what is now StubHub Center when the stadium opened in June 2003.
Through the first 18 years of MLS, no club has won more often than the Galaxy, who have set league records for wins and points while also qualifying for MLS Cup a record eight times. The club won their first MLS Cup in 2002, defeating the New England Revolution 1-0 in extratime in front of more than 60,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. A second championship followed in 2005 with another 1-0 extratime win over New England. The Galaxy then became just the third team in MLS history to win back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012, defeating the Houston Dynamo each time in front of capacity home crowds.
Some of the greatest players in MLS history such as David Beckham, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Kevin Hartman and Cobi Jones have represented the Galaxy while international stars like Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane currently wear the club’s colors. That trio and the rest of Bruce Arena’s team will look to win their fifth MLS Cup championship in 2014.