The LA Galaxy, also known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer team, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, and the league's most-decorated club.
The Galaxy have won the MLS Cup five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), the MLS Supporters' Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011), the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and is one of just two MLS teams to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (now replaced by the CONCACAF Champions League) which they accomplished in 2000.
Initially, the Galaxy played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but since 2003 they have played at the StubHub Center in Carson, which they shared with their rival, Chivas USA from 2005 until the latter's dissolution in 2014. The club's current head coach is former US national team coach Bruce Arena. The team holds a fierce rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clásico.
In January 2007, the club made international headlines by signing English superstar David Beckham from Real Madrid, which was the highest-profile signing in the history of MLS. Other significant signings include Robbie Keane, who currently captains the club, Robbie Rogers and Landon Donovan.
The StubHub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center) is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. It is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Downtown Los Angeles. Its title sponsor is online ticket marketplace StubHub, replacing hardware retailer The Home Depot. The $150 million complex was developed and is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. With a set capacity of 27,000, it is the largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer (MLS).
For a decade from its opening the complex was called the Home Depot Center. It was renamed StubHub Center on June 1, 2013.
The 27,000 seat main stadium was designed specifically for soccer. The StubHub Center was the second stadium designed specifically for soccer in the MLS era. When the venue opened in June 2003 as the new home of the Galaxy, a number of special events took place in celebration. Pelé was in attendance at the opening match along with many dignitaries from the soccer world, and celebrities.
In addition to the soccer stadium, StubHub Center features a 2,450-seat velodrome, an 8,000-seat tennis stadium and an outdoor track and field facility that has 2,000 permanent seats and is expandable to 20,000. Soccer stadium building costs within the $150 million complex were around $87 million.