Galaxy Front Office withdraws all sanctions against Angel City Brigade

Today it’s our absolute pleasure to announce that the LA Galaxy FO have withdrawn all sanctions against the Angel City Brigade. Effective immediately all supporter privileges have been reinstated, including drums, flags, and pre-game streamers. We appreciate the Galaxy FO’s reconsideration on this matter and thank them for always keeping communication open and honest, even when tensions were at their highest.

As a result of this repeal the Brigade will officially end our financial sanctions against Stub Hub Center, the team, and the league. Thank you to all LA Galaxy fans who sent letters to the FO, who showed up to our meetings to help us deliberate, and who participated in our silent protest to help the league recognize what stadium life would be like without its supporters.

We’d also like to thank the Independent Supporters Council and all the groups who stood with us. We were truly humbled by the assistance that was given. The banners, the social media messages, and everything else helped carry our voices and message from the stands into the front office. Let this now become a model for how unified supporters can affect this league for the better and a reminder to those throughout MLS that supporters are not hooligans, but instead organizations who ultimately want the same thing as the clubs (atmosphere & team success).

Now, with this behind us, it’s time to get back to what’s important: Supporting Our Team! We look forward to seeing all of the Brigade at our next home games to properly celebrate our fifth MLS Cup:

-March 28th: LA Galaxy II vs. Sacramento Republic FC
-April 12th: LA Galaxy vs. the Seattle Sounders

Thank You!

#standwithacb #thankyou

Luca Knows Heart Charity Drive Benefiting CHLA (3/21)

LKH

In memory of Luca DeLaGarza and in honor or the DeLaGarza journey, we have decided to target CHLA. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California was recommended by Luca’s mom, Megan . It is a housing-like experience for families with children hospitalized at CHLA. They are always in need and are grateful for items donated.

We will be collecting items at the ACB game-day tailgate, but it’s open to anyone!! If you won’t be able to make it to the stadium on 3/21, feel free to drop off your donations at any of our previous tailgates. Please spread the work and help families in need. Here are the items on their wish list:

***Food Items***
•Cereal (hot and cold)
•Chips
•Cookies
•Crackers
•Canned goods
•Baby Food
•Instant formula
•Soups
•Cup noodles
•Hamburger Helper
•Rice
•Mac & Cheese
•Pasta
•Peanut butter and jelly
•Instant hot chocolate
•Sugar
•Granola bars
•Individually packaged snacks/fruit
•Spaghetti sauce
•Cooking oil/oilive oil
•Vinegar
•Salad dressing
•Microwave popcorn

***Baby and Child Items***
•Baby powder
•Baby oil
•Diapers (all sizes)
•Baby bath wash

***Cleaning Supplies***
•Dryer sheets
•Comet cleanser
•Windex
•Multipurpose cleaner
•Disinfectant spray
•Sanitary gloves
•Laundry detergent (powder)
•Bleach

***Personal Items****
•Toilet Paper
•Toothbrush / toothpaste
•Shampoo / conditioner
•Body wash / soap
•Lotion
•Deodorant
•First aid supplies
•Dental floss
•Sanitary napkins
•Facial tissues
•Razor blades

***Kitchen Items***
•Pots and pans
•Paper towels
•Aluminum foil
•Plastic wrap
•Dishwashing detergent
•Dish towels
•Aluminum food trays
•Cooking utensils
•Serving utensils
•Plates (call for details)
•Food handles gloves
•Zip-Lock bags (all sizes)
•Sponges
•Can openers
•Blenders
•Toasters
•Cutting knives

For more info on the cause, you may visit the following link

If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, you may do so through this link.

ACB Financial Sanctions against MLS, Galaxy and Stub Hub Center

Hello ACB & Galaxy fans,

As many of you know, last month the Angel City Brigade was sanctioned by Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy front office and Stub Hub Center. As a reaction for a few individuals throwing streamers onto the field during the field of play at the MLS Cup 2014, the entire group will not have supporter privileges for the first eight home/away games and streamers have been banned for the entire 2015 season.

In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical. We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again.

ACB has hosted hundreds of games with thousands of streamers without incident, the people who threw them were not in accordance with the rest of ACB. We want to make it clear that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.

Since these sanctions were announced we’ve held two public meetings on the issue, read countless emails and social media posts, discussed this issue with the Independent Supporters Council, and have done our best to work with all parties to progress and avoid similar issues moving forward.

Through all this we have collectively planned our next steps and now is the time to announce them. Just as the players are fighting for their rights against Don Garber and the teams’ owners, we need to fight for ours to show the league that we will not be bullied into disbanding or be turned into a booster club.

It is time to remind them that supporters are groups of organized adults who band together for the love and passion of their respective teams. We collectively purchase their product and market it to our friends and family, we market them endlessly on social media, we even market them without choosing too when we are displayed in their ads proclaiming the “passion” of the league.

We are not grade schoolers, nor hooligans that warrant excessive punishments.

Today, as a response to their unjust sanctions against us, the Angel City Brigade is announcing financial sanctions against MLS & Stub Hub Center.

We are calling on ALL ACB supporters & Galaxy fans around the stadium to stand with us and not purchase any concessions, merchandise and parking for the 4 home games that we are sanctioned for:
3/6 vs Chicago
3/21 vs Houston
4/12 vs Seattle
4/18 vs Sporting KC

We have outlined some solutions to help attain these goals

Parking
Carpool with friends who have already paid for their parking pass
(There are many out there)
Carpool with friends regardless of a pass.
Park at alternative areas other than SHC

Concessions
Eat and drink your fill at the picnic
ACB will bring food, snacks and waters to these first 4 tailgates
SHC allows all fans to bring sealed bottled water and small snacks into the stadium, pack a goodie bag!
Event policies here: http://www.stubhubcenter.com/guest-services/event-policies

Merchandise
Wait until the 5th match of the season on 5/2 to purchase any gear through Team LA or the MLS Gear online shop
These actions are necessary because we feel that Major League Soccer and the FO, spearheaded by the league’s new security chief Ray Whitworth, are unjustly trying to make an example of the ACB to scare other supporter groups into submission. Through his own admission Mr. Whitworth has blacklisted our group (along with the San Jose 1906 Ultras & Ultras Montréal 2002) and mistakenly believes us to be more hooligan group than supporters group. He even threatened to ban ACB scarves in the stadium (they could be potentially used “as a weapon.”) In good faith we have reached out to Mr. Whitworth to discuss this, to correct any misunderstandings, and to work together moving forward. He has refused to meet and even talk with us.

The league’s disinterest in moving forward, paired with the aggressive punishments, make actions like financial sanctions necessary. We are sending a message to them the only way possible (through their revenue stream) to let them know that we will always be here to support the LA Galaxy and that we will not be made a scapegoat for their larger agenda.
We will have more updates and news as the week goes on, but in the meantime please email us at angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

#StandWithACB #StreamerGate

Sincerely,

The Angel City Brigade Board

ACB Sanctions set by the MLS and Front Office

It is our unfortunate responsibility to inform you that yesterday the Galaxy FO officially sanctioned us for throwing streamers during the game at last year’s MLS Cup final and what they deemed as a year filled with incidents.

These sanctions include:

1. No supporters privileges for the first 4 matches of the season, including the home opener.

No flags, No drums, No tifo, No banners

Friday          6-Mar      VS. CHICAGO
Saturday     21-Mar     VS. HOUSTON
Sunday       12-Apr      VS. SEATTLE
Saturday     18-Apr     VS. KANSAS CITY

2. No supporters privileges at the first 4 away matches of the season 

No flags, No drums, No tifo, No banners

Sunday        15-Mar     Timbers
Saturday     28-Mar     DC United
Saturday     4-Apr       White Caps
Sunday       26-Apr      NYRB

3. No streamers for the entire 2015 season

We want to make it clear, that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.

In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical. We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again. We are truly shocked and disappointed by the severity of the FO’s actions!

We will be discussing this at our board meeting on Saturday and ask that all supporters come to help us take the best possible course of action.

ACB121 Meeting
Saturday 1/31/15 6pm – 8pm
Phantom Carriage Brewery
18525 S. Main St. Carson CA 90248

If you are unable to make it or are not an ACB supporter, but have an opinion, please write to angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com and we will read your thoughts and opinions at the meeting.

If you would like to express your displeasure to the Galaxy/MLS please feel free to reach out to Sid Patel the Manager of Business Development at spatel@lagalaxy.com

The Angel City Brigade