The LA metro area plays host to lots of professional and collegiate sports teams. As a matter of fact, it is one of the four metropolitan areas that have two Major League Baseball teams; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that play in the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers which play in the National League. Others sports represented include basketball, football, hockey, and soccer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers which were founded in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York are a valuable franchise in Major League Baseball. They adopted the name Dodgers in 1932. Prior to the 1958 season, the team officially moved to Los Angeles. As a franchise, the Dodgers have won a total of 6 World Series titles as well as 21 National League pennants. In addition, the team has produced a total of 16 Rookie of the Year Award winners and 13 MVP Awards.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Based in Anaheim, California, this is an American professional baseball team that competes in MLB as an American League West Division member club. Their main stadium is Angel Stadium of Anaheim where they have played their home games since 1966. In the year 2009, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the American League West Division Championship for the third time in a row. Although the team did not qualify for the postseason in 2013, it marked the 11th straight year in which its franchise drew over 3 million fans in attendance.
The LA Galaxy
This is an American professional soccer franchise that is based in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles and competes in Major League Soccer as a Western Conference league member. Officially, this club began playing in 1996 and has ever since grown to become one of the most decorated clubs in the league.
It has won the MLS Cup a record 5 times, the Supporters’ Shield 4 times, and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 2 times. Initially, the Galaxy played its home games at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, but moved to StubHub Center in Carson in 2003. In January 2007, the club made a record signing of the English superstar David Beckham.
The Los Angeles Clippers
This is a Los Angeles-based professional basketball team. They compete in the National Basketball Association as a Western Conference Pacific Division league member club. They play their home games at Staples Center. This franchise was established in 1970 and referred to as the Buffalo Braves. In 1978, the team moved to San Diego where they were rebranded to San Diego Clippers. Finally, in 1984, they moved to Los Angeles and hence the name Los Angeles Clippers. Thanks to the acquisition of core players in the early 2010s, the club’s fortunes turned around and they won their first division title in 2013.
Other prominent LA sports teams include the Los Angeles Lakers which is a professional basketball team still competing in the NBA as a Western Conference Pacific Division league member club; the Los Angeles Rams which is a professional American Football team; and Los Angeles Kings, a professional ice hockey team founded in 1966.