March 3, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy fans in attendance cheer against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, March 5, 2013


The home of Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will have a new name in June: the StubHub Center. The deal will come into effect in June 1, and the center will go under its new moniker on June 19 when the Galaxy host the Portland Timbers.

According to StubHub in their press announcement on Monday, StubHub Center will introduce several fan friendly elements to the 125-acre multi-sport venue that includes a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 8,000-seat tennis stadium, 2,450-seat indoor velodrome and 2,000-seat track and field facility.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to expand our global partnership with StubHub,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President, AEG Global Partnerships. “We have always had great respect and admiration for StubHub and their industry leading sponsorship activation in recent years and, it’s because of their tremendous success throughout North America and their dedication to creating great customer service experiences for guests that truly makes this such an important deal for AEG and the millions of fans that will be exposed to this partnership in the coming years.”

“We welcome this new and exciting partnership with StubHub, an organization that, like us, emphasizes the highest level of customer services and fan experiences,” said Katie Pandolfo, General Manager of the AEG Facilitiesmanaged venue that will transition to StubHub Center this June. ”We look forward to working with StubHub to design new programs and activation elements that will provide an even higher level of fan engagement and experience.”

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Galaxy scoring ace Mike Magee was named the MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters. But it wasn’t just Magee that was on his game for the Galaxy. It was defender Leonardo that made an impact.

“He’s been very determined and has worked real hard to come back,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “What more can you say? It was a difficult injury he had, and it’s been on and off two years now since he’s been back.”

“It’s crazy,” said fellow defender A.J. DeLaGarza. “He got hurt against Chicago, and in his first game back it’s Chicago. Seeing him that day in Chicago, when he was passed out, it was sad. But now look.

“He’s finally back and solid for us.”

“A lot of things were going through my head. Not just today, but even yesterday I was thinking about today,” Leonardo said. “The fact that yes, it was almost two years ago and yes, this very exact team in Chicago when I got injured. And all the training sessions and games leading up to this moment I was thinking about everything.

“And I leave with a good feeling, that I’m ready not just for this game but the season and many more games.”

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