Monday, November 21, 2011
MLS Cup - Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
The growth of the supporters movement of MLS was on display during the MLS Cup final. As an impartial fan (well as a Metro fan, which by default makes me completely impartial) I was impressed with the passion of the Dynamo and Galaxy fans who gave it their all to support their clubs.
The Dynamo fans, a group of four different supporters organizations, held a tailgate before the game in Lot 18. Some had spent 26 hours on a bus ride from Houston to make it to the game. One fan even brought a Chucky doll dressed in a Dynamo jersey as a mascot of sorts.
Right before the march into the stadium someone lit a flare and the Dynamo chants started up.
And even Chucky got into the party atmosphere.In the first half I was with the Angel City Brigade, one of the supporters groups for the Galaxy. They had a huge TIFO display before the match.
And right before the start of the game the fans threw a bunch of streamers everywhere.
And even gave a body surf to the Galaxy mascot.
Even despite the horrible weather and rainfall the fans were urged on to cheer on the Galaxy.The tight affair was 0-0 at halftime.
In the second half I started it with the Houston fans. The passion was everywhere...
The brass band sounded amazing...
And Chucky made another appearance.
But LA scored a goal in the 72nd minute...
And soon the Galaxy fans were cheering their club's 3rd MLS Cup title.The LA Riot Squad fans, another supporters group, cheered like crazy.
And celebrated their expected win...
And the team players showed their appreciation bringing over the MLS Cup for them to celebrate with as well.
It was great to see the Galaxy fans and Dynamo fans bringing their passion to the game. It was an amazing setting and great to see. Looking forward to traveling and seeing a lot more of the supporter sections all around the MLS next season!