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Galaxy leave LAFC stuck in ‘El Tráfico’ – Orange County Register

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El Tráfico. La Clásico. The L.A. Derby. Clásico Angelino. The 110 Derby. Or some variation thereof.

Call the passionate five-year-old rivalry between the L.A. Galaxy and the Los Angeles Football Club what you will.

For a variety of reasons, people on all sides already do.

Waiting to enter Dignity Health Sports Park before the first of two regular season Major League Soccer meetings pitting the Galaxy and LAFC in 2022, Brandon Cervantes was under the impression that “nobody is happy” with the widely adopted “El Tráfico” moniker.

“I don’t know why,” said the teenager, who cheered on the Galaxy since he was 4. “I’m fine. It sounds like a good name. Instead of El Clásico, it’s El Tráfico.”

The play on words, a nod to massive Spanish rivals Barcelona FC and Real Madrid, is “culturally appropriate being in L.A.,” expressed Matthew Vega, an LAFC supporter beginning with the 2021 season after he moved to South Los Angeles. “I think it fits pretty well for LAFC and L.A. Galaxy.”

Esteban Preciado, a twenty-something LAFC fan since 2018, couldn’t wait to join the crowd, a sell-out of 25,174, for his first in-person match, and while he called the contest the “L.A. Clásico” he doesn’t mind “El Tráfico.”

“It’s good because there’s a lot of traffic here,” he said. “It fits.”

To the delight of Galaxy fans, following a thrilling 2-1 victory on Saturday, the derby contests in their home park have resulted in one-way traffic to the tune of five wins and two draws.

Scott McClure and Mark Leonard attended their first Galaxy match on July 4, 2013, and the married couple have watched every contest between the archrivals in Carson.

“In my opinion it’s the best rivalry in MLS and one of the best sports rivalries in the country,” McClure said. “When you say ‘El Tráfico’ everyone knows what you’re talking about.”

Amongst residents of the city, surrounding areas and MLS fans across the country this is true, yet the distaste for the label, which fans on both sides selected during online polls prior to their first meeting, lingers.

“I don’t think it’s the best name but I can see why it kind of stuck,” said Greg Borgogna, 48, who has pulled for the Galaxy since their inaugural season of 1996. “It’s just a derby. It’s our crosstown rival no matter what you want to call it.”

To that end, Marvin Giovanni, a season ticket member and Galaxy fan starting at the Rose Bowl in ‘96, agrees with Borgogna.

‘El Tráfico’ is stupid, man,” Giovanni said. “I know they’re trying to go with L.A. having the worst traffic in the world, but first of all it’s in Spanish. I love Spanish. It’s my first language but it doesn’t connect with me to be honest with you.

“I call it the L.A. Derby. Anywhere in the world you go they call it a derby. So it’s only fitting we call it the L.A. Derby.”

Executives with LAFC as well as the club’s first head coach Bob Bradley bristled at the title, and their objections filtered down to the deepest roots of The 3252 supporter group, whose insiders prefer Clásico Angelino.

On Saturday, the one title everyone wants to be associated with — winner — belonged to the Galaxy.



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Philadelphia Union take draw streak into matchup with the Portland Timbers

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Philadelphia Union (5-1-6, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Timbers (3-4-6, seventh in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Sunday, 10 p.m. EDT

LINE: Portland +139, Philadelphia +189, Draw +241; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: The Philadelphia Union play the Portland Timbers after playing to a draw in five straight games.

The Timbers are 2-1-3 at home. Bill Tuiloma leads the sixth-ranked scoring team in the MLS with four goals. The Timbers have scored 20.

The Union are 2-1-2 in road games. The Union are first in the Eastern Conference conceding only nine goals.

The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tuiloma has four goals for the Timbers. Jaroslaw Niezgoda has three goals over the last 10 games.

Daniel Gazdag has six goals and one assist for the Union. Julian Carranza has scored four goals over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Timbers: 2-4-4, averaging 1.6 goals, 4.0 shots on goal and 4.3 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.8 goals per game.

Union: 4-1-5, averaging 1.3 goals, 4.7 shots on goal and 4.7 corner kicks per game while allowing 0.7 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Timbers: Diego Gutierrez (injured), George Fochive (injured), Felipe Mora (injured), David Ayala (injured), Blake Bodily (injured), Claudio Bravo (injured), Jaroslaw Niezgoda (injured), Larrys Mabiala (injured).

Union: Mikael Uhre (injured).

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Salloi and Sporting Kansas City visit the San Jose Earthquakes

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Sporting Kansas City (3-7-3, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (3-5-4, 11th in the Western Conference)

San Jose, California; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

LINE: San Jose -156, Sporting Kansas City +402, Draw +300; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: Daniel Salloi leads Sporting Kansas City into a matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes after a two-goal showing against the Colorado Rapids.

The Earthquakes are 3-2-3 against Western Conference opponents. The Earthquakes have a 3-2 record in one-goal games.

Sporting KC is 3-5-1 in conference play. Sporting KC has a 3-2 record in games decided by one goal.

The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jeremy Ebobisse has seven goals and one assist for the Earthquakes. Jamiro Monteiro has scored three goals over the past 10 games.

Salloi has four goals for Sporting KC. Johnny Russell has scored three goals over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Earthquakes: 3-4-3, averaging 1.8 goals, 4.3 shots on goal and 6.0 corner kicks per game while allowing 2.2 goals per game.

Sporting KC: 2-5-3, averaging 1.0 goal, 3.6 shots on goal and 2.2 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.9 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Earthquakes: George Asomani (injured).

Sporting KC: Gadi Kinda (injured), Alan Pulido (injured), Daniel Salloi (injured), Nikola Vujnovic (injured), Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (injured), Andreu Fontas (injured), Ozzie Cisneros (injured), Khiry Shelton (injured), Graham Zusi (injured), Johnny Russell (injured).

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CF Montreal hosts Real Salt Lake in non-conference action

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Real Salt Lake (5-3-4, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. CF Montreal (6-4-2, second in the Eastern Conference)

Montreal, Quebec; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT

LINE: Montreal -142, Real Salt Lake +393, Draw +273; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: CF Montreal and Real Salt Lake take the pitch in non-conference play.

Montreal is 3-1-0 at home. Montreal is 4-0-0 when it records a pair of goals.

RSL is 1-3-3 in road games. RSL is fifth in the league drawing 68 corner kicks, averaging 5.7 per game.

The teams meet Sunday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Djordje Mihailovic has scored six goals and added three assists for Montreal. Kei Kamara has three goals and three assists over the past 10 games.

Bobby Wood has two goals and one assist for RSL. Tate Schmitt has two goals over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Montreal: 6-2-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 4.5 shots on goal and 4.5 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.7 goals per game.

RSL: 4-3-3, averaging 1.1 goals, 3.8 shots on goal and 5.4 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.6 goals per game.

NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Montreal: Mason Toye (injured), Bjorn Johnsen (injured), Tomas Giraldo (injured).

RSL: Zack Farnsworth (injured), Bret Halsey (injured), Erik Lee Holt (injured), Jonathan Menendez (injured), Anderson Julio (injured), Scott Caldwell (injured), Damir Kreilach (injured).

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