CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, November 10, 2011) – The LA Galaxy announced today that a limited number of additional tickets have been made available for MLS Cup 2011, which will see the LA Galaxy face the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center on Sunday, November 20. The annual championship game for Major League Soccer, MLS Cup kicks off at 6 p.m. (PT) and will be shown live on ESPN and Galavision in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
One of the hottest tickets in town, MLS Cup was nearly sold out before the Galaxy clinched their spot in the game with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Championship. As a result of the unprecedented demand for tickets from fans of both clubs, as well as celebrities, civic leaders and other VIPs, the Galaxy, Major League Soccer and The Home Depot Center have created additional seating options for fans, assuring that even more fans will get to experience the passion and pageantry of MLS Cup first hand.
“Playing for a championship in front of our hometown fans will create an electric atmosphere that has not been seen in our league since 2002,” said Galaxy President Tom Payne. “The overwhelming response for tickets from Galaxy fans everywhere is truly unprecedented and a testament to the passion that our fans have for this club. We hope that we can reward that passion and support by winning MLS Cup in front of them on November 20.”
All of the additional tickets, which are primarily in the Northeast and Southeast corners of the stadium, will be priced at $40 and will go on sale starting at 4 p.m. today at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets.
The Home Depot Center will provide additional parking options for guests traveling to the city of Carson for this historic event. Complimentary guest shuttles to and from The Home Depot Center will be offered at both the South Bay Pavilion and the Artesia Transit Center for the game. For further free parking and shuttle information and directions, please click here.
This year, the LA Galaxy compiled the second best regular season record in MLS history, tallying 67 points from a 19-5-10 record, to secure the Supporters’ Shield, which is given to the team that finishes with the best regular season record in the league. Led by the high-powered attacking trio of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, the Galaxy also had the best defense in MLS this season, allowing just 26 goals in their 34 regular season games. Under the direction of Bruce Arena, the all-time leader in MLS postseason wins and a finalist for the MLS Coach of the Year award, the Galaxy are undefeated at home so far this season, going 18-0-5 in 23 home games in all competitions, which includes the MLS regular season, the MLS Cup Playoffs, the CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Houston Dynamo finished second in the Eastern Conference with a 12-9-13 record for 49 points. Having not lost a game in nearly two months, they were led this season by MLS MVP finalist Brad Davis, as well as veteran forward Brian Ching and defender Geoff Cameron, each of who scored five times to finish tied for the team lead. The Dynamo, who are coached by former U.S. international Dominic Kinnear, are looking for their third MLS Cup title since moving to Houston from San Jose following the 2005 season, winning the league championship in 2006 and 2007.
The Galaxy qualified for this year’s MLS Cup by beating the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate in their Western Conference Semifinal Series before then beating Real Salt Lake 3-1 in the Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center on Sunday. The Dynamo reached their third MLS Cup in six years by beating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on aggregate in their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series and then winning on the road in the Eastern Conference Championship, beating Sporting Kansas City 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park on Sunday.
This will be the Galaxy’s MLS-record seventh appearance in MLS Cup, having previously reached this stage of the postseason in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2009, winning the title in 2002 and 2005. However, this year’s MLS Cup will be the first time that the Galaxy will play MLS Cup in their home stadium. The Home Depot Center hosted MLS Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2008, with the San Jose Earthquakes, D.C. United and Columbus Crew winning respectively in each of those seasons. MLS Cup 2011 will be the third of those matches to be played before a capacity crowd with MLS Cup 2003 and MLS Cup 2008 also selling out.
For more information about MLS Cup 2011, please visit www.lagalaxy.com or www.mlssoccer.com.