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Remember when the Galaxy’s place was called Home Depot Center? Yeah, good times.

Jan 25, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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Don’t we take for granted that some things are going to last forever? The building in Los Angeles where they play soccer … that’s the Home Depot Center, right?

Always has been. The handle fits so well because … well, because that place has never been anything else.

Meanwhile, in the bigger picture, there’s an awful lot of high-level coming and going in MLS at the moment.  Livestrong Sporting Park just changed its stadium naming rights deal – although we all know what that’s about.

Not long ago, Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz announced he was selling off AEG and his stake in the Galaxy.

Just yesterday came news from Utah that Dave Checketts was also getting out of the pro soccer business. More about that here and here.

And now this: The Home Depot Center will soon be known as something else. The Associated Press has reported that the Galaxy and Home Depot would not renew their agreement.

The deal was worth $70 million over 10 years. Seeing as the Galaxy has become a more star-blessed and valuable property in that time, and seeing as how Major League Soccer has become a far, far more attractive property, Galaxy officials shouldn’t find it too difficult to replace that income.

  1. pensfan603 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    This has been a bad offseason for the mls, Lose Beckham lose Donavan from the national team. Then Livestrong is taken out of the name and now this. If we cant get Lampard to La, it will just be a complete failure. I just hope something good can come out of this upcoming season

    • mvktr2 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      That’s a bit of a ‘debbie downer’ attitude isn’t it? 😉

      Becks has to move on he’s got maybe one more year of somewhat quality soccer left in him.
      Donavan hasn’t hung up the cleats yet, so i’d say that’s jumping the gun. I suspect he’ll be back on board fairly soon, if not he’s still in MLS and a huge star in US soccer/MLS.
      As for Livesrtrong I predict it’ll ultimately turn out to be a good move for KC. KC was giving money along with the naming rights. Now they’re in the market for a stadium sponsor whom will be giving them money, millions!

      This upcoming season will be just fine. MLS is certainly headed in an upward trajectory. More stars will come. More quality US players will be developed and find spots on the Nats.

  2. valiantdraws - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    You’re joking right? LA’s the defending champion and is currently one of the best attended teams in MLS. You still have a valuable DP in Keane, Gonzalez is healthy, a new keeper who has skills, Juninho now belongs to the team…shit man, LA’s seems to be doing just fine. Finding another stadium naming rights deal will pretty much only bring more revenue to the team. Be thankful you aren’t Revolution or Chivas USA.

  3. pensfan603 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Revolution actually are doing quiet well they have sere Sene and Jerry Bengston who could be considered the most skillful pairing in the league with Diego Faguenez of the bench and demitre imbongo on the bench if the two arent working together, they are doing great up top, you look at there midfield lyde Simms, is ok then lee nuygen is good, and kellen row seems to be a good pick. Oh ya and you can put Faguendez at Att Mid if you want. Plus Kevin ALston former allstar, and Farrell outside, and then AJ Sores inside that roster is really solid the real question is can J Heaps pull his head out of the gutter and have them playing at there max potential.

    But what a came back to comment about was how the league could turn this year into a great year and that would be a team winning concacaf champions league and a few new american stars emerging maybe some home growns.

    Also ill end this with disagreeing with you, The Home Depot Center is a very well known Stadium and by losing this contract yes they can just bring in another sponsor and gain more money from them but to the fans it just wont be the same, its not like when Dallas Switched From Pizza Hut Park to FC Dallas Stadium, this stadium has history and the name change isnt good. And Gonzalez still hasnt been resigned if im correct, but im not sure if i am..

    • Steve Davis - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I don’t wanna get hit with a rolled up magazine or a lamp or whatever you guys might happen to swing with at the moment, so I’ll just say this and then step outta the ring … Omar Gonzalez will apparently play out his current contract. Meaning, he will play this year in LA but is free to transfer afterward with no compensation for LA. That could change, but it stands there for now. So … uh … carry on …

  4. iamjimmyjack - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    The galaxy can do way better than 10 million per year…I would think 30 million would be on the low end of what the the new deal will become. The new owner of AEG, will be hungry for his new investment to pay off, and the majority of that likely will come from, tv revenues and corporate sponsorships. Maybe 50 million is a more reasonable offer. Back to back championships, 2nd in total attendance, must mean something.

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