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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy parking, traffic woes strike nerve with fans

GalaxyOne thing you don’t want to do in Southern California is mess with the locals when it comes to traffic and parking.

That was underlined once more Wednesday when on the same day the Galaxy announced a StubHub Center sellout for the Aug. 23 game against NYCFC, the weekly 100 Percent Soccer column outlining the traffic and parking problems associated with games at the venue hit Los Angeles News Group websites and prompted an outpouring of emails and Tweets from fans. It was probably the biggest response to a column, which by the way is in our dead tree editions today should you be moved to buy it, since I started writing it over a decade ago.

I will let you know if I hear from the Galaxy front office (don’t hold your breath).

Here’s a sampling of reader reaction:

Hi Nick:

Your article today was a good one but another thing ownership doesn’t do well for the customers is handling the concession stands. The lines are ridiculously long & it’s not a stadium I will re-visit. I went to the Seattle game over the weekend and the lines were 30 minutes long. I took 3 kids from my son’s soccer team & spent the entire half & 15 minutes of the 2nd half in line buying them a soda. I asked the concessions employee if the lines were always this bad and she replied, “yes”. I will not be going back, which is too bad because they have an exciting team with many high quality players.

Lawrence
El Segundo

I have been a seventeen year season ticket holder and I am about not to renew my ticket if something is not done about the parking.

I am semi-handicapped and hold a ADA parking permit; for the past several years the have blocked off all the spaces on the south edge of lot 13, except for saving a few spaces they rent out to Chevrolet or other vendors and had lot 13 open to parking. Well, the past few matches they started blocking off lot 13 and directing people to park on the edge spaces first then opening up lot 13 to parking. It is rather difficult for me to walk additional distance when I used to be able to park in the ADA spaces. Maybe you could pressure them to do what they did in the past; thank you.

Rod La Rocque

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ICYMI Monday MLS Video Rewind: Gio Dos Santos and star-studded LA Galaxy overwhelm under-strength Seattle Sounders

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Game story

Galaxy's Alan Gordon (9) attempts a bicycle-kick goal around Sounder's Zach Scott in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Alan Gordon (9) attempts a bicycle-kick goal around Sounder’s Zach Scott in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

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MLS Video Preview: Gio Dos Santos expected to make MLS LA Galaxy debut against Seattle Sounders live at 1 p.m. on ESPN

giodiveDiving into MLS: After making his Galaxy debut midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League, Giovani Dos Santos is expected to play today in the nationally televised game against the Seattle Sounders (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Game Preview

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

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CONCACAF Champions League Video Highlights: LA Galaxy romp 5-1 over out-classed T&T opponent in Carson

"Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center.     Carson Calif.  Thursday, August ,06, 2015.     (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) "

“Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos,10, scores his first goal as a member of the L. A. Galaxy against Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC, in the second half of a CONCACAF Champions League match, at the Sub Hub Center. Carson Calif. Thursday, August ,06, 2015.
(Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze) “

Game story.

Gio Dos Santos mishit the ball that bobbled into the net for his first Galaxy goal, but hey, a goal is a goal:

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Irvine native Dave Romney becomes first LA Galaxy II player to sign MLS contract after impressing in debut against Houston

romneyDefender Dave Romney has signed a pro contract with the LA Galaxy, the club announced today (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).

In the wake of Galaxy coach Bruce Arena calling left back Dave Romney “our best player” after his MLS debut against Houston, the Galaxy has signed the Irvine native to an MLS contract.

“Dave is an athletic and versatile defender who provides depth to our backline,” Arena said. “Curt Onalfo has done a tremendous job developing players with LA Galaxy II and we are excited to see Dave continue to develop as a player.”

The University of San Francisco product made 17 appearances for the Galaxy reserve team this season.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Bolstered by mid-year additions Steven Gerrard and Gio Dos Santos, the LA Galaxy season starts now

gerrardgioGalaxy Guys: Mid-season additions Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos are game changers; can they help change the course of LA’s season, too?

Emphatically responding to big-name foreign acquisitions by MLS rivals, the LA Galaxy have shown the league and Southern California they are not to be out-spent or outmaneuvered in the transfer market.

If the Galaxy were a strong favorite to defend their MLS Cup this fall before the arrivals of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Giovani Dos Santos, Donovan Ricketts etc., what must the odds be now?

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos completes journey from Europe to LA and MLS with the Galaxy

giointroGalaxy Gio: Giovani Dos Santos addresses the media today at his introductory press conference at Stubhub Center in Carson as coach Bruce Arena looks on (Photos by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).

Staff Writer Thuc Nhi Nguyen has more on the arrival of Dos Santos in MLS.

Check out a photo gallery here.

giofansFan favorite: After being mobbed upon his LA arrival at LAX Sunday, Gio Dos Santos had plenty of fan support at his introductory press conference in Carson, too.

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