This will be a rare post for sure, but I am going to speak a little MLS if you don’t mind. This has nothing to do with the game, the opposition, or the draw. This has to do with the fans, the Los Angeles Galaxy fans in particular. First I have to point out that they probably have the worst nickname ever, literally ever, in the history of sports branding. The L.A. Riot Squad? Really? This name is a perfect representation of the status of football in the United States. Stretford End versus L.A. Riot Squad, just like the football, it doesn’t compare. This makes what I’m going to say very painful. I’m proud of the Galaxy fan, and here’s why.
They proved that they truly are fans of their team. They proved that football is bigger than one player, and that one player, even in the MLS, does not make a team or even a club. These fans made a stand against the biggest name in American soccer since the arrival of Pele to New York, and showed that they are there for their team. They raged, booed, and protested his every touch of the ball, and were ready to fight.
You must remember that this is one of the biggest names in football. Becks has played in the largest stadiums in the world, on the biggest stages in the world. I’m sure he’s faced more hostile environments than the small confines of the Home Depot Center. However the “L.A. Riot Squad” (still painful to type out) got under Becks skin enough for him to notice, react, and even call a fan down to the field for a personal friendly.
Whatever they did, they did it right, they made their point, and they put Becks on notice. They let him know that they are there for the team, not him.