You know, I am an advocate of the women’s game growing, and with the professionalization of women’s soccer being realized in places like England, France, Germany, Japan, Australia and the USA, among places, now has never been a better time to embrace the women’s game. So I have to ask the question: why haven’t the Los Angeles Galaxy pursued entry into the National Women’s Soccer League?
I remember covering matches of the old Los Angeles Sol, back when Marta and Aya Miyama were running the show at the StubHub Center (back then it was known as the Home Depot Center), nibbling on kettle-cooked chips, ready salted all over in the days of WPS. I remember the Pali Blues, and their string of successes in the old USL W-League, and how they became an even stronger force when merging with LA Strikers to form the Los Angeles Blues before the ownership elected to focus on the men’s team.
So now, with the NWSL season months away, I have to wonder as to why California does not have an NWSL team. This is the point where the Galaxy front office needs to see the writing on the wall and start emulating many great teams in Europe (Arsenal, Marseille, Lyon, Chelsea, Man City, etc.) and field a women’s academy, a women’s reserve team that could compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League and a women’s first team in the NWSL.
Imagine, if you will, young girls realizing the dream of playing for the shirt that legends like Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos and many others wore. The Galaxy brand name becomes that much more powerful because it becomes a club that anyone-man or woman-can wear. With the club joining the NWSL as the LA Galaxy or LA Galaxy L.F.C. for instance, anyone can be a star. Portland, Seattle and Chicago are already doing this with their counterparts (Thorns, Reign, Red Stars), why not Los Angeles?
It is important that women’s professional soccer returns to California and the Los Angeles Galaxy are the ones leading the charge. If the Galaxy do not realize the writing on the wall and make an investment in being an advocate for the women’s game (having girls’ sides is not enough) in Southern California, the national and the world, LAFC is right next door and will fill in the void instead.
Let it be known that The Stoppage Time does not claim responsibility for the Galaxy’s star falling as a result of failing to something it should have done since the Los Angeles Blues folded: bring back women’s professional soccer to the Golden State, home to some of the finest female football players in the world. It’s time for the Galaxy Girls, the Lady G’s, the Daughters of the Blue, White and Gold, to come to the NWSL and handcraft more titles in Los Angeles, the City of Champions.