Howler Magazine Returned in Time to Welcome Gareth Bale to Los Angeles

And that’s thanks to your truly! Yes, Howler has returned from the ashes in a web-only format for the time being and I was invited to write up a fun story about the most famous Welshman’s arrival to California.

For example:

[Imagine] Bale behind the steering wheel, his family in tow, checking his options on Google Maps as to whether he should take the 405 south to the 10 to the 5 or head further south on the 405 to the 91 to the 5.

Read the rest here: https://www.whatahowler.com/gareth-bale-in-los-angeles/

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.”