2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Season
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2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Season

LA Galaxy
2012 season
OwnerPhilip Anschutz (AEG)
CoachBruce Arena
Major League SoccerConference: 4th
Overall: 8th
MLS CupChampions
CONCACAF Champions
League (11-12)
Quarterfinals
CONCACAF Champions
League (12-13)
Quarterfinals
U.S. Open CupThird round
Desert Diamond CupChampions
Honda SuperClasicoWon
California ClasicoLost
Top goalscorerRobbie Keane (16)
Highest home attendance27,000 (six matches)
Lowest home attendance16,512 v San Jose Earthquakes (May 23, 2012)
Average home league attendance22,984
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The 2012 Los Angeles Galaxy season was the club's 18th year of existence as well as their 17th season in Major League Soccer (MLS) and their 17th consecutive year in the top-flight of American soccer. The Galaxy entered the season as both the defending MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield winners.

The 2012 campaign was highlighted by the Galaxy successfully defending their MLS Cup title, defeating Houston Dynamo, 3-1, in the MLS Cup final to win their fourth ever MLS Cup championship, tying D.C. United for the most league championships in MLS history, and the second most in North American history.

Although Los Angeles defended their MLS Cup trophy, the club failed to defend the Supporters' Shield, losing on point differential to their upstate rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes on point total. Most of this is to blame due to poorer performance early on in the season, before a second-half season resurgence.

Elsewhere, the Galaxy also competed in 2012 Desert Diamond Cup, winning the preseason tournament, the 2011-12 and 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, as well as the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. In the 2011-12 edition of the Champions League, the Galaxy reached the quarterfinals before losing 4-3 on aggregate to Canadian side, Toronto FC. In the 2012-13 edition, the Galaxy won their group for the second straight year, and reached the knockout round, which will be played during the 2013 campaign. Finally, the Galaxy were eliminated in the third round proper of the Open Cup losing to second-tier North American Soccer League outfit, Carolina RailHawks.

In noncompetitive tournaments, the Galaxy hosted Spanish club, Real Madrid, in the 2012 World Football Challenge, losing the exhibition match, 1-5.

Background

The Galaxy entered the 2012 season off of one of the franchise's most successful campaigns ever. The club earned the league double, winning both the Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup. Additionally, the Galaxy reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup,[1] and were the only American team to win their group in the CONCACAF Champions League,[2] posting a record of four wins, two losses and no draws.[3]

Following the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, the Galaxy embarked on a two-week, postseason tour across Asia, stopping in Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. During the tour, the Galaxy finished undefeated, winning twice and tying once.

Offseason reports involved David Beckham's contract concluding at the end of 2011, and whether or not he would remain with the Galaxy.[4] On January 18, 2012, Galaxy announced Beckham had signed a new two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles.[5][6]

Competitions

Pre-season

Desert Diamond Cup

Standings

Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 New England Revolution 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 9
2 LA Galaxy 3 1 2 0 5 5 0 3
3 New York Red Bulls 3 1 2 0 2 4 −2 3
4 Real Salt Lake 3 1 2 0 2 4 −2 3
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Matches

CONCACAF Champions League (2011-12)

Major League Soccer

Standings

Western Conference Table
Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS, W1) 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 66 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Real Salt Lake 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57
3 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18 56
4 LA Galaxy 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 54 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6 43
6 FC Dallas 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5 39
7 Colorado Rapids 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6 37
8 Portland Timbers 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22 34
9 Chivas USA 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34 30
Updated to match(es) played on October 28, 2012. Source: MLSSoccer.com

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner; (W1) = Western Conference champion

Overall Table
Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 66 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 63
3 D.C. United 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10 58
4 New York Red Bulls 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11 57
5 Real Salt Lake 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57
6 Chicago Fire 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 57
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18 56
8 LA Galaxy 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 54 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
9 Houston Dynamo 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7 53
10 Columbus Crew 34 15 12 7 44 44 0 52
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6 43
12 Montreal Impact 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6 42
13 FC Dallas 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5 39
14 Colorado Rapids 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6 37
15 Philadelphia Union 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8 36
16 New England Revolution 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5 35
17 Portland Timbers 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22 34
18 Chivas USA 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34 30
19 Toronto FC 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26 23 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League 2
Updated to match(es) played on October 28, 2012. Source: MLSSoccer.com

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner

Results summary

Results by round

Matches

  Win   Tie   Loss

MLS Cup Playoffs

Knockout round

Conference semifinals

Conference finals

Championship

U.S. Open Cup

International Friendlies

World Football Challenge

CONCACAF Champions League (2012-13)

The Galaxy earned a berth into Group Stage of the CONCACAF Champions League by winning the Supporters Shield on October 8, 2011. Since the Galaxy also won the MLS Cup, which also merits a direct bye into group play, the Galaxy forfeited their Shield berth to the Sounders and took the MLS Cup berth.

Player movement and trades

Transfers

In

No. Pos. Player Transferred from Fee/Notes Date Ref.
8 MF Brazil Marcelo Sarvas Costa Rica LD Alajuelense Free December 13, 2011 [8]
33 MF United States Jose Villarreal United States LA Galaxy Youth Academy Free December 22, 2011 [9]
34 MF United States Kyle Nakazawa United States Philadelphia Union Traded for February 1, 2012 [10]
14 FW United States Edson Buddle Germany Ingolstadt 04 Free February 1, 2012 [11]
22 DF Brazil Leonardo Brazil São Paulo Free February 7, 2012 [12]
1 GK Puerto Rico Bill Gaudette Canada Montreal Impact Free February 29, 2012 [13]
3 DF Brazil David Junior Lopes United States Chivas USA Traded for April 10, 2012 [14]
1 GK United States Brian Rowe Unattached Free July 13, 2012 [15]
9 MF Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal FC Free September 5, 2012 [16]

MLS Drafts

Out

No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Date Ref.
3 DF United States Gregg Berhalter None Retired October 12, 2011 [24]
1 GK Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Canada Montreal Impact Traded November 28, 2011 [25]
25 MF Argentina Miguel López Argentina Quilmes Loan expired December 31, 2011 [26]
6 DF United States Frankie Hejduk None Out of contract January 19, 2012 [27]
7 FW United States Jovan Kirovski None Retired January 19, 2012 [27]
29 DF United States Dasan Robinson None Retired January 23, 2012 [28]
33 DF United States Sean Alvarado None Released January 23, 2012 [28]
8 MF Trinidad and Tobago Chris Birchall United StatesColumbus Crew Out of contract February 6, 2012 [29]
21 MF United States Dustin McCarty None Released February 13, 2012 [30]
28 DF United States Ryan Thomas None Released February 13, 2012 [30]
55 DF United States Joshua Kelly None Out of contract February 13, 2012 [30]
30 MF Uruguay Paolo Cardozo United States Chivas USA Traded April 10, 2012 [31]
17 FW United States Adam Cristman None Retired July 3, 2012 [32]
1 GK Puerto Rico Bill Gaudette United States New York Red Bulls Traded July 13, 2012 [33]

Loan In

No. Pos. Player Previous Club Start End Ref.
19 MF Brazil Juninho Brazil São Paulo December 23, 2009 December 31, 2012 [12]

Loan Out

No. Pos. Player Loaned to Start End Ref.
10 MF United States Landon Donovan England Everton January 1, 2012 February 19, 2012 [34]
4 DF United States Omar Gonzalez Germany Nuremberg January 5, 2012 February 15, 2012 [35]
14 FW Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane England Aston Villa January 9, 2012 February 26, 2012 [36]
9 FW United States Chad Barrett Norway Vålerenga July 31, 2012 December 31, 2012 [37]

Kits

Home
Away
Third
Special
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info
Home White White White
Away Blue-grey Blue-grey Blue-grey
Third Black Black Black
Special White Blue-grey White 2011-12 CCL, ¼-Finals, March 7 against Toronto -> Training Shirt

Miscellany

Allocation ranking

Los Angeles is in the #19 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club's ranking.[38]

International roster slots

Los Angeles has 7 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots. Los Angeles traded one slot to Portland Timbers, traded another to Philadelphia Union, and acquired one from D.C. United. Each of these trades expire on January 1, 2013.

Future draft pick trades

Future picks acquired:

Future picks traded:

Awards and honors

References

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