Sports fans in Southern California are blessed with two of everything, except an NFL team. The landscape is covered with Angles, Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Trojans, Bruins, Kings, Ducks, Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
We can be demanding of these franchises. We expect performance and championships.
Currently, Los Angeles is the keeper of two championship trophies, the Stanley Cup and the MLS Cup.
The star studded Los Angeles Galaxy validated it’s David Beckham acquisition by winning it all in 2011. Beckham paired with perennial MVP Landon Donovan (Redlands East Valley High School) established their MLS dominance and won the MLS Cup in front of the home crowd at Home Depot Center.
Defending the cup this year will require the health of Landon Donovan and David Beckham, who are both on the mend. Donavan seems to have fully recovered from a nagging thigh issue and Beckham from a tender ankle.
Donovan’s has managed to play 25 games, scoring 9 goals and 14 assists, second most in MLS. Beckham’s year has been up and down. A variety of nagging injuries have reduced him to only one complete game of the last ten. The talented midfielder still contributed 7 goals, 9 assists in his 23 games.
The Los Angeles Galaxy appears to be peaking at just the right time. They disposed the Sounders on aggregate goals Wednesday night is Seattle, to win the Western Conference. Once again they draw Houston in a repeat match-up of 2011’s MLS Cup.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, December 1st, from the Home Depot Center in Carson.