Who Are The ‘Real L.A.’ Soccer Fans? – A Look At The Growing Rivalry Of Galaxy vs. LAFC

I invite everyone to read my latest futbol article in L.A. Taco about “El Trafico,” the rivalry between the LA Galaxy and LAFC.

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Carlos Vela of LAFC heads in the first goal of a 2 – 2 draw against the Galaxy.

Story link: www.lataco.com/who-are-the-real-l-a-soccer-fans-a-look-at-the-growing-rivalry-of-galaxy-vs-lafc/

An excerpt:

This tug of war over the identity of the real Los Angeles is exactly what gives both teams the hallmark of being from L.A., according to Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, who spoke to L.A. Taco about this subject in an interview.

“The real L.A. is a place where the boundaries between city and county, center and edge, urban and suburban, dense and low-rise, surface and interior, and even public and private, tend to be blurrier or tougher to parse than they are elsewhere,” Hawthorne told L.A. Taco.

“Which I guess is a way of saying that what’s quintessentially L.A. about our soccer teams is the way their rivalry is framed by these larger questions or anxieties about authenticity, and what does and doesn’t qualify in the American context as a ‘real’ city.”

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About Afroxander

Afroxander is the nom de guerre for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez, based in Southern California. He currently writes for L.A. Taco and Gamecrate while studying at San Diego State University.
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