I’m always excited for the new LA Galaxy season. Whether the previous campaign ended in triumph, or had been well and truly “Curt Onalfo-ed”, every year feels like a fresh start. This time around though, I circled an additional date on the calendar: our first game away to our newest bitter rivals, The Los Angeles […]Read more "LAFC: Limited Attendance For Counterparts"
It must be said that the United States has a slightly different view of rivalries to what I’m accustomed to. There seems to be an insistence that teams have a storied history and that they be competitive with one another. When they were at their best, I heard many a Los Angeles Lakers fan claim […]Read more "The Galaxy vs The… um… FC?: And so it Begins"
The year was 1997. The venue was a five-a-side football court, with a concrete playing surfaced, enclosed by high chain-link fence. The event was an impromptu lunchtime pick-up game. I was playing in goal. At a certain point in the game, I found myself in a one-on-one situation on a 50-50 ball. The other guy […]Read more "The Belated 2017 LA Galaxy Season in Review"
I hate to say I told you so. Fresh from a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Toronto FC, the Galaxy’s season isn’t so much hanging by a thread, as doing that Wile E. Coyote thing, where he frantically runs in mid-air, before plummeting a long distance to his inevitable fate. When the […]Read more "No Time for LA Galaxy to Rest on Their Laurels"
In a sporting culture where the hardness of the core of your support holds great currency, I’d like to claim some extra credit. As the sun beat down from the evening sky in Carson, CA, I sat swaddled in the man-made fabrics of my Los Angeles Galaxy Jersey around which was wrapped the thick polyester […]Read more "Red Devilfest 2017: LAG 2 – MUFC 5"
As the neighborhood expressed joy at the continued freedom of the USA with crackles, pops and booms, the dog took up nervous residence under our bed. A few hours later I would join him, gazing with forlorn envy at the plastic calming collar around his neck. Pets typically have a crap Independence Day. This […]Read more "Like a Pet on Independence Day: LAG 2, RSL 6"
A 3-0 defeat at home to the Seattle Sounders is brutal at the best of times. When it comes as a result of decisions that were identified as “bad” in February, it’s exponentially more crushing. As goal after goal sailed into the Los Angeles Galaxy net, it had the surreal quality of a lucid nightmare. […]Read more "To Be Curt: Onalfo Out"