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“Zlatan Smashes First LA Derby” unlocks the LA Galaxy LAFC rivalry

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Footie fan culture outlet Copa90 have released their anticipated mini-documentary on the first derby between the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club. People have been talking about it so I myself was curious to see the end result.

From an outsider’s perspective, it doesn’t make sense. Even locals don’t seem to understand: Why would Angelinos embrace a second team when the first has everything you would ever want?

The comments tell the story, but there are two schools of thought here: LAFC is one sexy expansion franchise. The crest is fancy, the colors are hip, the stadium is one of the finest soccer venues on the planet and the DTLA location is killer.

On the other hand, the Galaxy have struggled to captivate the LA market outside of the South Bay, and as the host rightly notes, LAFC have taken advantage. Of course if you were to talk to supporters of the original LA club and ask their opinion on the matter, you’re likely to hear tales of soccer hipsters jumping on a bandwagon while ignoring 20 years of the blue white and gold ruling American soccer.

Who’s right?