It’s good to be king. 
It’s also good to be the Galaxy at the moment. 

The club rebounded from a hard-fought loss against Seattle on Juneteenth by going out and grabbing six points on the road and Kings of California bragging rights this week.

It took a special moment by Efrain Alvarez in stoppage time to beat the Vancouver/Salt Lake Whitecaps 2-1 last Wednesday, though, in a game that never should have been that close. 

The Galaxy showed great mental fortitude in finding a way to win despite the Whitecaps tying the score late and will need to continue to win games like this; when they aren’t playing their best to keep pace with the Sounders at the top of the table. 

That inspired Alvarez’s goal to save the Galaxy from dropping points and set the team up to go into the season’s second Cali Clasico on a high and full of confidence.

They used every bit of that positivity to play their Northern rivals off the pitch on Saturday, cause the San Jose “Ultras” to leave in the 60th minute, and swagger to a 3-1 win. 

Despite San Jose having more possession, the game wasn’t particularly close, with the Galaxy creating better-attacking chances that should have seen them score five or six goals. They also had a passage of play in the second half in which the Quakes didn’t touch the ball for 20 plus passes.

The humiliation of losing to the Galaxy was also apparently enough for San Jose to fire their general manager on Tuesday.

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The Galaxy’s Home Away From Home

The 300 plus Galaxy fans that made the trip North to San Jose took over and made it feel like a Los Angeles home game.

They were rewarded with the kind of performance that made several #RichGalaxyFans throw their $14 beers in the air in jubilation and leave the Smurfs in silence stadium-wide.

They, in turn, rewarded the players with 90 minutes of passionate singing, drumming, and expensive beer throwing.

MLS’ most in-form striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season off dime piece crosses from offseason French signings Samuel Grandsir and Kevin Cabral, and it looked so fun that San Jose’s defense scored the last goal for the Galaxy off a Cameron Dunbar cross.

The win leaves the Galaxy as undisputed Kings of California after having beaten the Earthquakes twice now this season and LAFC once.

It also leaves Los Angeles in third place in the Western Conference, just four points off the top of the table with a game in hand over second-place Sporting Kansas City, who just happen to be coming to Los Angeles for the Galaxy’s annual 4th of July game and fireworks show.

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A win over Sporting can take the Galaxy into second place, but more importantly, it will better the Galaxy’s points total at this point last season in half the number of games it took them last year.

It is proof positive that Los Angeles Head Coach Greg Vanney has this team performing at a much higher level than expected.

So while Ice Cube might be satisfied by having a good day, the Galaxy exceeded expectations again by having a good week.

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