Los Angeles Galaxy, often shortened to LA Galaxy or simply the Galaxy, was established in 1995 and is one of the most successful teams in Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy have a fierce rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes and the derby between the two has become known as the California Clásico.
The Galaxy were founding members of Major League Soccer and finished as runners up in the first ever MLS Cup. In 2007, the team generated news headlines around the world when they signed former England captain David Beckham from Real Madrid. The signing, by far the most high-profile by any MLS club, significantly raised the club and the league's profile on a global scale. The move also saw LA Galaxy adopt their current white strip and logo as part of a re-branding effort to coincide with Beckham's arrival.
La Galaxy have won the MLS Cup on four occasions, in 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2012. Their victory in 2012 over Houston Dynamo meant that LA Galaxy were tied with DC United's record of four MLS Cup wins. Both clubs have also won four MLS Supporters' Shields, making them the joint most successful MLS sides. Furthermore, the Galaxy have won the Western Conference regular season on eight occasions and won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2000, defeating Honduran side Club Deportivo Olimpia 3-2 in the final.
Aside from David Beckham, notable players to play for Los Angeles Galaxy over the years include Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Cobi Jones and Juan Pablo Ángel. The club's latest high-profile signing is former Chelsea and Tottenham goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini.
The team currently plays its home matches at the Home Depot Center. The stadium was built at a cost of $150 million and holds a capacity crowd of 27,000. Prior to 2003, LA Galaxy played home matches at the Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, California.