Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy have released their season schedules. And with no huge surprise, the LA Galaxy will play 34 games in 2017, with half of those being away games, and half being home games. But we’re not here to tell you everything that you already know. Instead, we want to focus on games that are interesting, games that will be easy to watch, and the busiest and most difficult spans in this schedule. Let’s get started!
The full LA Galaxy Schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.
GAMES THAT SOUND INTERESTING (AND WILL PROBABLY BE OVERHYPED)
Disney World Trip(Saturday, April 15 at Orlando City) – Orlando will have a new stadium (Orlando City Stadium) and it will be a Nationally Televised Game. And if you plan it right, you can go visit Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter.
Minnesota United(Sunday, May 21) – Head on up to the Galaxy’s newest Western Conference opponent and TCF Bank Stadium to see the G’s take on the expansion team no one is talking about. But it’s a new team, so that’s fun. And you’ll get to see Minnesota in Carson on Sunday, October 15th. I do really like their kits.
Cali Clasico – The LA Galaxy play the first of their three games against all-time rivals, San Jose on Saturday, May 27th at Avaya Stadium. Then LA will travel up to Stanford Stadium on July 1st (just three days before their July 4th game) for the 2nd round. Finally, on Sunday, August 27th the Galaxy get to host the Cali Clasico for the last of the three-game series.
AJ DeLaGarza Returns – While his trade came as a shock, the LA Galaxy will host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, June 17th. This is going to be tough to see AJ in Orange. But I imagine the welcome he’ll receive will be nothing short of amazing.
Atlanta United (Saturday, August 19) – LA gets to go to Atlanta and play their second expansion team at gorgeous Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s going to be a long trip, but it’s always fun to see something new and Atlanta is one of those places you want to go (I want to go).
NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAMES
The Galaxy will play in 16 games broadcast to a national audience. ESPN will broadcast six games, FS1 will broadcast five games, Univision with three games, and mainstream FOX and UniMás will each broadcast one game. Seven of the 16 games are home games. With games against defending MLS Cup Champs, Seattle (ESPN – April 23) and expansion sides Minnesota United (ESPN – May 21) and Atlanta United (ESPN – August 19), the national audience will get their fill of the Galaxy.
FS1 will also be busy with the Galaxy getting a Cali Clasíco (FS1 – August 27), and a September chance away to Seattle (FS1 – September 10).
GAMES BY DAY OF THE WEEK
If you’re someone who prefers your soccer on the weekend, then you’re in luck. 27 of the Galaxy’s games will be played on Saturday (16) and Sunday (11). With no games being held on Monday, one game on Tuesday (The annual July 4th game, this year against Real Salt Lake), five games on Wednesday, no games on Thursday (That’s actually a surprise), and only one game on Friday.
While the games on Sunday aren’t always a fan favorite, the majority of the Sunday games will be away (six).
GAMES BY MONTH
In the past, the Galaxy have seen some pretty heavy schedules throughout the long MLS season. Who else remembers the success in July, followed by the absolute disaster of August. Both those months were heavy with games and the older legs of 2016, just couldn’t cope. This year, however, the schedule looks balanced and the Galaxy have a fairly balanced home and away cadence.
March (3) – 2 Home, 1 Away
April (5) – 3 Home, 2 Away
May (5) – 2 Home, 3 Away
June (4) – 2 Home, 2 Away
July (5) – 3 Home, 2 Away
August (5) – 2 Home, 3 Away
September (5) – 2 Home, 3 Away
October (2) – 1 Home, 1 Away
LONGEST ROAD TRIP
Three Games! That doesn’t sound like a lot, but in footballing circles, it’s eternity. The Galaxy get that honor in May when they travel to New York Red Bulls (Sunday, May 14), Minnesota United (Sunday, May 21), and close it out against the San Jose Earthquakes (May 27). Yikes, that’s a lot of miles but it’s spread out over three weeks. It will be interesting to see if the team comes home between games or if they stay in Minnesota for an extended period of time.
LONGEST HOME STAND
Big surprise, the LA Galaxy also have a three-game homestand. And it happens early, so be prepared for a lot of soccer in April and May. The Galaxy will start that luxurious string of games against Seattle (Sunday, April 23), then move on to hosting Philadelphia (Saturday, April 29), and then finish out the homestand with Chicago (Saturday, May 6). We’ll all wonder why it can’t always be this way. But your weekend chores will remind you productivity probably suffers when there’s this much soccer to go to.