Los Angeles Galaxy 1996

19 W, 13 L

1st, Western Conference

Team Leaders
Eduardo Hurtado, 21 G
Mauricio Cienfuegos, 11 A
Jorge Campos, 1.20 GAA
Jorge Campos, 100 SVS

Complete 1996 stats

Lothar Osiander

Rose Bowl

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Divide the inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season into thirds when talking about the Galaxy in 1996. Los Angeles won 12 games to begin the season, but a rough mid-season stretch where the Galaxy lost five-straight games kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the season. Finally, a late-season surge enabled Los Angeles to capture the 1996 Western Conference crown with a 19-13 mark (49 pts.)...

The Galaxy continued their hot streak in the playoffs defeating the San Jose Clash 2-1 in a three-game playoff series, prior to dispatching the Dallas Burn 2-0 on their way to the MLS title game. However, it was not meant to be as the Galaxy finished as runner-up to Washington D.C. United at MLS Cup 1996, in a 3-2 overtime loss at Foxboro Stadium. Despite a heartbreaking loss to D.C. United, the Galaxy returned home to a hero's welcome...

Ecuadorian striker Eduardo "El Tanque" Hurtado scorched opposing defenses in 1996. The 6-3, 200-pound forward used his imposing physical size and nice touch around the goal to finish tied for second in MLS scoring, tallying 21 goals and seven assists for 49 points. Two key reasons for Hurtado's success up front were the play of midfielders Mauricio Cienfuegos and Cobi Jones. Cienfuegos, a key member of El Salvador's National Team, blossomed into one of the MLS' elite playmakers. Jones' versatility allowed him to play in the midfield, score goals up front and be named to AT&T's "Best 11"...

Mexican National Team goalkeeper Jorge Campos showed why he is considered one of the world's best goalkeepers, ranking first in MLS with a 1.20 goals against average. Campos, whose acrobatic style of play and colorful apparel have made him one of the world's most famous goalkeepers, also saw some time at forward and registered one assist. Campos attributed some of his statistical success to central defenders Dan Calichman and Robin Fraser. Calichman, a veteran of Japan's famed J-League, and Fraser, a physical player who brought great composure to Los Angeles's back line, provided the Galaxy with an experienced and organized defense...

Thanks to Campos, Jones, Hurtado, Cienfuegos, Fraser, Calichman, and the other members of the 1996 squad, the Los Angeles Galaxy captured the attention of soccer fans throughout the country and around the world.