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By Evan Ream

The Angel City Brigade cheers on their Galaxy. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

Sometimes, things don’t turn out as you plan them. Sometimes, people go above and beyond to help others out of the kindness of their hearts. Yesterday, we experienced both.

The plan was to for me to go to the Angel City Brigade tailgate and sit with them during the game. At the same time, Jake Coburn was going to go to the Timbers Army tailgate then sit with them during the game.

We arrived about an hour and a half before game time to find that the Timbers Army were not situated in Lot 11 at the Home Depot Center as we had thought they were going to be. Instead, they were having a joint tailgate with the Angel City Brigade. Perfect.

I found Jason “Pox” Crosson, one of ACB’s capos. For the Angel City Brigade, support is about city first, club second. “I hate Chivas from the bottom of my heart but we want to bring a supporters’ culture to L.A.” Crosson said. (more…)

By Evan Ream

Black Army 1850 Drummer John Sandate giving Evan a scarf. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

I received a call yesterday from John Sandate, one of the drummers I mentioned and the co-host of “What the Flock” podcast. John called me because he wanted to give me a Black Army scarf. We met up shortly before the L.A. Galaxy/Portland Timbers game yesterday in a 7/11 parking lot next to the stadium. John opened his trunk and had a scarf for not only me, but for our photographer Dan as well. While we were leaving to go to the game, a panhandler on a bike came up to John, who had just gotten into his white 2008 Honda Accord EX-L. John got out and handed the man some money. Black Army 1850: class acts all around.

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By Evan Ream

Black Army 1850 during the game, waving a rainbow-colored flag to promote it accepts any fan to join their ranks.

Black Army 1850 during the game, waving a rainbow-colored flag to promote that it accepts any fan to join their ranks. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

To the tune of Yankee Doodle:

“Come on Chivas score a goal it’s really fucking simple,

Put the ball into the net and we’ll go fucking mental!

Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah…”

Unfortunately, Chivas USA did not do this Saturday. But it was not because of a lack of support from Black Army 1850.

“We’re like the three stooges of supporters groups,” said John Sandate, Black Army drummer extraordinaire and co-host of the Chivas USA-themed podcast “What the Flock,” which is “serious about not being serious.”

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By Evan Ream

Tailgating with Black Army 1850.

A Black Army 1850 fan pumps up the crowd during the tailgate Saturday. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

If the Los Angeles Galaxy represent the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, then Chivas USA represent its working class.

We were invited to tailgate with Black Army 1850, one of Chivas USA’s two supporters groups, before the Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake match. I have never felt so welcome amongst strangers in my life.

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