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The first entry of the Traveling Supporter’s Tales.

MLS: Sporting KC at Los Angeles Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Streamers. Palm Trees. Confetti. Oh my!

On June 24th, Sporting Kansas City defeated the LA Galaxy in a 2-1 victory. From Ike Opara’s bicycle kick, to Roger Espinoza’s first goal of the season, to Tim Melia’s double save, this is a match that will be talked about for the rest of the season.

Every supporters group has their own traditions when it comes to chants, the Angel City Brigade was no different. Dubbed as the “Pride Day“ match, the Brigade showed their pride by throwing rainbow colored streamers onto the back of the goal before the match started. Several Galaxy staff members ran to clear the goal, as Melia continued warming up, even giving the staff a helping hand.

Pride day at the SKC/LA Galaxy game.
Chad C Smith

The whistle blew.

The Cauldron began cheering in full force with fellow traveling supporters - most having relocated to the City of Angels - along with pockets of Sporting KC fans sitting in various sections of the StubHub Center.

Although key players like Giovani dos Santos were absent due to international duty, Kansas City fans were in awe by Galaxy’s Romain Alessandrini and Gyasi Zardes, while Galaxy fans gushed over Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi. It was a night for all supporters to enjoy the beautiful game.

If you have never attended an away match on the West Coast, I highly recommend it. Not only is the Galaxy home to largest video board in the MLS, it also gives you an inside look to LA’s culture with a food stand by Chancho’s tacos, a selection of hometown brews, and souvenirs.

I have traveled to various away games in: Portland, Philadelphia, Denver and Seattle and seen several pregame/post game celebrations but nothing compares to the LA Galaxy’s unique atmosphere.