Football, Fútbol, Tomayto, Tomahto
The Dodgers may be bankrupt, the Lakers and the Clippers may have had their season cancelled, the Kings may be… whatever the Kings are. But there is one bright spot on the Los Angeles sports scene: the Galaxy!
No, seriously, look it up. The Los Angeles Galaxy. They’re an MLS franchise.
MLS. Major League Soccer. It is too a real thing.
The Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS championship yesterday, 1-0, over the Houston Dynamo1.
Goddammit, yes, Dynamo. Like “Oilers” was any better. What the hell is wrong with you, Houston?
The point — you were totally expecting a plural there, weren’t you? — came an hour and a quarter into the game, when someone apparently kicked the ball into a net or something. Someone probably did that “Goooooooal!” thing and the players probably ran around a bit, like there hadn’t been enough of that nonsense over the previous 72 minutes.
Soccer may be the most popular sport in the world, but saying “American Soccer” is a lot like saying “Croatian Basketball.”
To me, as a suburban white guy who was last interested in soccer twenty-five years ago when I played AYSO, the end of the MLS season means two things:
It means that David Beckham will be leaving L.A. Beckham is a soccer player who last made news five years ago when, um, he came to L.A. Oh, sure, he’s also Mr. Sporty Spice, a model and the reason that Keira Knightley exists, but ultimately the loss of a one rich, chiseled guy in Los Angeles isn’t statistically significant.
More importantly, it means that L.A. has a championship, and it’s for a game that’s pronounced “football” more often than not. We may not have a football team, but we’ve got a football championship.
Suck it, Green Bay.
- It has been brought to my attention that the name of the MLS team in Houston is “Dynamo,” not “Dynamos,” and the article has been corrected. My assumption was that “the Houston Dynamo” was part of the civil infrastructure, and not a sports team. The article also makes the assumption that “soccer” is an actual sport, and that claim is currently being researched.