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The Los Angeles Galaxy is another founding member of the MLS. It is not only one of the most prolific clubs in League history, but they also have some of the biggest signings to date. The club is famous for having the likes of David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others to don the Galaxy uniform. The club began under much humbler beginnings as a property of AEG (the group known for part-ownership in the LA Kings and LA Lakers among others) starting in 1994. The Galaxy was hot right out of the gate finishing first in the inaugural season and eventually losing out to D.C. United in the MLS Finals. Since inception, the Galaxy made the playoffs each year before their eventual 2002 MLS Cup victory but fell to the Dallas Burn, Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, and the San Jose Earthquakes before winning.
The Galaxy has had two managers before their cup winning season with Lothar Osiander having the inaugural stint which he held only until mid-1997. His replacement, Octavio Zambrano, lasted just under two years before being fired and their Cup-winning manager, Sigi Schmidt was hired. Schmidt is the second-longest tenured (about 4.5 years) manager in Galaxy club history behind only once U.S. National Team Head Coach, Bruce Arena (who was with the club just shy of 8 years). After the first MLS Cup victory, it was three more years and another managerial change, to Steve Sampson, before the club won add more MLS Cups to its trophy case. The next (and final to date) three were all won under Bruce Arena.
The Galaxy were unique in the MLS in the fact that they were the first team to become profitable (back in 2003) and it would coincide with their move into the then-named Home Depot Center. Their profits were further increased with a massive shirt-sponsorship with Herbalife of between $4-$5 million, along with stadium, parking, and concessions revenue. Two short years (in 2005) later the team would acquire Landon Donovan and only two more years after his acquisition they brought David Beckham from Real Madrid. These two would propel the side on to several more MLS Cups before they would both eventually retire from the club.
CONCACAF Champions Cup (1): 2000
MLS Cup (5): 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014
Supporters’ Shield (4): 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011