Mal de ojo

Generally speaking, Cubans aren’t big on soccer – unless they have a Colombian friend that convinces them to watch the World Cup…but that’s only every four years.

However, as a Cuban in L.A., you don’t need much persuading to catch the Galaxy fever.

I mean, what is there not to like? The L.A. Galaxy have won the MLS Cup five times. Five times! That’s more than any other team in the MLS. Beckham played with them for 2 minutes and their current captain is named Van Damme. Van Damme! They play in a beautiful stadium, plus there’s a constant drumbeat and griteria throughout the entire game. That’s enough for any Cuban to fall head-over-heels.

Unfortunately, since I set my sights on becoming a full-fledged soccer fan, the Galaxy have lost every single game. That’s five games in a row. Five games! So, for the good of the team and the city I’ve decided to look away for the time being.

Clearly I’m giving them tremendo mal de ojo.

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As soon as I turned around, se fue todo a la mierda.

If you go: LA Galaxy home games are played at the StubHub Center in Carson at 18400 Avalon Blvd. Tailgating is allowed only in certain parking lots, but fans go all out.

Where to sit: General Admission is un bayu. Depending where you sit, you can be cheering alongside the Angel City Brigade (ACB) or the Galaxians or the LA Riot Squad. They are loud and bang drums and wave flags. If you want an actual seat (instead of a bench), you can spend a little more money and sit in the lower level.

Extras: The food selection at the stadium is amazing. Healthy choices abound, as well as all the fancy beer your bladder can hold.

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