Frequently Asked Questions - General
- What is Major League Soccer?
- How many teams are in MLS?
- When is the MLS season?
- What is the U.S. Open Cup?
- What is the CONCACAF Champions League?
- What are the Galaxy's colors?
- Where can I buy Galaxy merchandise?
- How can I find out about Galaxy player appearances in the community?
- What happens when Galaxy players are called up to play for their countries?
- When and where does the team train?
- How can I find a television schedule for Galaxy games?
- Are any Galaxy games broadcast on the radio?
Q: What is Major League Soccer?
A: Major League Soccer, or MLS, is the top level of professional men's soccer in the United States. MLS is to soccer as MLB is to baseball, NFL is to American football, and NBA is to basketball. The league began in 1996, and the Galaxy are one of the original MLS clubs.
Q: How many teams are in MLS?
A: There will be nineteen Major League Soccer clubs for the 2013 season: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Q: When is the MLS season?
A: In the 2013 season, MLS teams will play 34 regular season games between March and October; playoffs take place following the regular season, from approximately late October to mid-November. The MLS championship, known as MLS Cup (which the Galaxy won in 2002, 2005 and 2011), is a single game that will be played at the home venue of the participating team with a higher regular-season point total.
Q: What is the U.S. Open Cup?
A: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a domestic soccer competition held every year. Dating back to 1914, this event pits amateur and professional U.S. men's soccer teams against one another in a single-elimination tournament that takes place over the course of several months. It is roughly equivalent to the FA Cup competition held for English football teams. The Galaxy won the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2005. Click here to learn more about the Galaxy history in the U.S. Open Cup or visit http://thecup.us.
Q: What is the CONCACAF Champions League?
A: The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual club competition for the top teams in the North American, Central American, and Caribbean region. The Galaxy qualified for the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League by winning the 2011 MLS Cup and will enter quarterfinal play in March 2013. By virtue of winning the 2012 MLS Cup as well, the Galaxy have also qualified for the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League.
The Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (the previous version of this competition) in 2001. Learn more about the Galaxy Champions League history at lagalaxy.com/CCL/History.
Q: What are the Galaxy's colors?
A: The Galaxy's current team colors are white, navy blue, and gold. The team's primary kit is white, and the secondary kit (worn in the event of a color conflict) is blue. In 2011, the team also sported a third kit, used for special occasions. That kit is punjab (midnight blue) and gold.
Q: Where can I buy Galaxy merchandise?
A: You can purchase Galaxy merchandise at the Team LA Store at The Home Depot Center, by phone at 310-630-2260 or online by visiting TeamLAStore.com or MLSgear.com. MLSgear.com is a licensed distributor of merchandise for the LA Galaxy and other Major League Soccer clubs. Specific questions about MLSgear.com's inventory or policies should be directed to their customer service department.
Q: How can I find out about Galaxy player appearances in the community?
A: The Gold Standard, our FREE e-mail newsletter, is your source for updates about the team. Community appearances that are open to the public are included in The Gold Standard's weekly email updates. To subscribe to The Gold Standard, click here.
Q: What happens when Galaxy players are called up to play for their countries?
A: During the course of the MLS season, many players also have the privilege of playing for their respective national teams. The LA Galaxy have quite a few players who also represent their national teams in matches. Players who are called up for their national teams are typically named to the roster one to two weeks before the international match.
When an official competition or friendly is scheduled on a designated FIFA match date, international soccer regulations require that the club must release the called-up player to his national team before the match. After the international match has taken place, the player may then rejoin his club team. Please check the LA Galaxy website for announcements when Galaxy players are called up for international duty.
Q: When and where does the team train?
A: When at home, the Galaxy train at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills. The time of training sessions may vary depending on the club's travel schedule and other considerations. Please note that training is closed to the public.
Q: How can I find a television schedule for Galaxy games?
A: Please visit the Broadcast Schedule page for television information and your local listings as well. You may also view games online via the subscription service MatchDay Live, provided by Major League Soccer.
Q: Are any Galaxy games broadcast on the radio?
A: Yes. Most Galaxy matches are broadcast on local radio stations both in English and/or Spanish. Additionally, a live audio stream for every match can be found online at lagalaxy.com/gamedaylive. Please visit the Schedule page for radio and other broadcast information.