Editorial (January 16, 2018) – The 2018 MLS schedule has been released. The LA Galaxy have an exciting slate for the regular season this year, highlighted by three matches with debutante crosstown rival Los Angeles FC.
Five 2018 LA Galaxy Matches to Circle on the Calendar
March 31 – Hosting Los Angeles FC
Just four games into the regular season, the SuperClasico will be reborn at the StubHub Center. Some fans have started calling it El Trafico. Whatever you call it, it will be the first ever meeting between the LA Galaxy and LAFC. With big off-season action on both sides, this could set up as a major measuring stick for both sides in their first ever derby.
June 30 – At San Jose Earthquakes (Stanford Stadium)
Yeah, this one’s cliche, but it’s still the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium. This is always one of the biggest games of the season league-wide regardless of how either team is playing. It almost always results in last minute drama and hosts a great atmosphere in a big stadium. The Galaxy have been on the losing end in this game for the last several years. We’ll see if they can change that going into a busy MLS summer.
July 4 – Hosting D.C. United
This match up hasn’t been as relevant in recent years as the MLS 1.0 meetings. But still, this is a game between the two winningest clubs in MLS history, and on the 4th of July no less. This game will have extra meaning as well. These two teams have traded rights to big players in the past year, resulting in D.C. signing Paul Arriola (a Galaxy academy product) and LA bringing in Perry Kitchen (a former United player). This will be the first time either faces the other team. It should be a big narrative going into the game.
July 26 – At Los Angeles FC
This will be the second match up of the year and the first and only to take place at the Banc of California Stadium. At this point, the Los Angeles rivals will have sized each other up on the field and in the stands. It will be a chance for the LA Galaxy supporters to show their spirit on enemy turf. This game could decide the winner of the 2018 derby series. It also could have an atmosphere that rivals Red Bull Arena for the Hudson River Derby: Packed crowd in a soccer-specific stadium with representation from supporters groups on both sides.
October 6 – At Sporting KC
This is the third to last match of the 2018 regular season for the Galaxy and just three weeks away from Decision Day. From August to the end of October, the Galaxy have 12 matches. All but one is against Western Conference opponents, the other being defending treble winner Toronto FC. That is a tough stretch that could define the Galaxy’s season. If they’re still in the hunt come October 6, this match could be crucial, on the road against a quality opponent.