CARSON, Calif. – The ring ceremony is an essential part in American sports. A banner is raised celebrating a past achievement and glowing rings are distributed to the players and staff, but while the pomp and circumstance is certainly warranted, it is important for teams to remain focused on the task of winning games.
The LA Galaxy did just that on Sunday as they defeated the Chicago Fire 4-0 spurred on by a hat-trick performance from Mike Magee as well as a goal from Robbie Keane. LA is now 3-1-0 on ring ceremony night all-time.
The Galaxy reflect on the ceremony and its importance below…
BRUCE ARENA: “I think that believe it or not, having gone through this before, it’s a good experience. This was something that we were well aware of for an extended period of time. When it came to this day, we knew what to expect. We’re obviously grateful for the support, the championship banner and the rings. Don’t get us wrong, but we knew this time how to put it in perspective. We were really eager to get out there, get that ceremony over with and play. That was a big focus on behalf of the game and obvious they did well today.”
TODD DUNIVANT: “It was awesome. Tim Leiweke pulled me in close and said, ‘it only gets better each time and they only get bigger,” and he’s right because this is a monster ring.”
MIKE MAGEE: “Getting the hat trick was cool, getting the win was cool. And, the best part of the day was getting the ring. So, it was an okay day.”