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Galaxy cruises past New York City FC

Galaxy cruises past New York City FC

Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has played in a World Cup and Bruce Arena has coached in two. Together, they've won three Major League Soccer titles.

The point being, they've been in some big games. Yet, even by their lofty standards, the Galaxy's 5-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday was special.

"There was a lot of buzz around this game," Gonzalez said. "It did feel like an important game, maybe a little bit more than it was. Because it really is just a regular-season game. "

Actually, it proved to be quite a bit more than that for the Galaxy and the league.

Much of the pregame buzz was about the anticipated reunion of Galaxy midfielder...