— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) February 23, 2015
Lassiter, who signed with Los Dos ahead of the 2015 season that begins March 22, is the son of former MLS star Roy Lassiter and was born in Costa Rica while his father was playing there.
Costa Rica will play in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Fla. Feb. 18-28 against Columbus Crew SC, Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC in addition to USL outfit OKC Energy FC, Danish first division team HB Koge and London United, composed of players currently out of contract.
Dublin native Robbie Keane welcomes Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Juninho to his hometown by pouring a traditional Irish beverage for his teammates while the Galaxy continue MLS preseason preparations in Europe.
Swedish native Stefan Ishizaki and the Galaxy meet Sweden’s Hammarby, a fellow AEG-owned club, in their first MLS pre-season tune-up that will stream live today beginning at 10 a.m. here.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) February 16, 2015
Over the weekend some members of the Galaxy received a tour of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin while they continue to (ahem) build fitness ahead of the March 6 MLS opener in Carson against the Chicago Fire.
The Galaxy will play Shamrock Rovers in Dublin Saturday before returning home from their 11-day European sojurn (no broadcast info available for that game yet).
Since StubHub Center opened in 2003, fans have been forced to surreptitiously drink a pre-game beer or two, while barbecues were banned entirely in stadium parking lots.
But today the Galaxy finally announced those staples of American fandom will finally be permitted beginning three hours before kickoff in certain parking lots.
Fans are pretty happy:
— Ryan Weiss (@RyanWeiss) January 30, 2015
Still, there are a lot more don’t than do’s involved in all this.
For all the tailgating rules click here, while it appears striker Alan Gordon is ready to grill.
That has translated into an ACB ban for the first eight games of the season — four at home and four on the road — on flags, drums and banners and other tifo displays. Streamers are banned for the entire 2015 season.
Here’s how ACB put it in an email today to its members and others on their mailing list:
“It is our unfortunate responsibility to inform you that yesterday the Galaxy FO officially sanctioned us for throwing streamers during the game at last year’s MLS Cup final and what they deemed as a year filled with incidents.
We want to make it clear, that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.
In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical.
We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again. We are truly shocked and disappointed by the severity of the FO’s actions!
We will be discussing this at our board meeting on Saturday and ask that all supporters come to help us take the best possible course of action.
If you are unable to make it or are not an ACB supporter, but have an opinion, please write to email@example.com and we will read your thoughts and opinions at the meeting.
If you would like to express your displeasure to the Galaxy/MLS please feel free to reach out to Sid Patel, the manager of business development at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A couple of questions immediately spring to mind:
- Why is the club coming down so hard on some of its most loyal and ardent supporters?
- Won’t this actually hurt the club on the field by neutralizing this kind of fanatical support?
- How would the fan-oriented Seattle Sounders have handled this?
- Finally, the above picture of fans throwing streamers was actually taken from the club’s own website. So the club appears to be at once celebrating and drawing attention to this kind of support and then handing out punishment for it. Isn’t that a tad hypocritical? I have emailed this post to Sid Patel. We’ll see if he responds.
— The Original Winger (@OriginalWinger) March 26, 2013
They’re going to do it all over again 11 a.m. Monday to honor the Kings and Galaxy on their NHL and MLS titles respectively.
This time, let’s see how the President can handle a puck.
President Obama uses mind control to keep football in mid-air. Honest. (with Los Angeles Kings & LA Galaxy, March 26) pic.twitter.com/HA2vY1SpKP
— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) March 26, 2013
Incidentally, Keane made exactly 19 appearances for Liverpool back in the 2008-2009 EPL season, so he didn’t play much with Gerrard.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) January 27, 2015
— America's Pregame (@AmericasPregame) January 27, 2015
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— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 27, 2015