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The Los Angeles Chargers were founded in 1959 and began play in 1960 as a charter member of the AFL. The team spent its first season in Los Angeles, before moving to San Diego in 1961 to become the San Diego Chargers. The return of the Chargers to Los Angeles was announced for the 2017 season, just one year after the Rams had moved back to the city from St. Louis. The Chargers will play their home games at the StubHub Center until the opening in 2020 of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, which they will share with the Rams.

This will be a very strange season for the Chargers, with there being so much unrest after their move away from San Diego. Life-long fans were disgusted at the franchise's decision to move to LA. Early indications suggest that this fan disapproval will continue for a while, after the team failed to sell out games in the preseason at the small StubHub Center. With the Rams having just moved back to LA, it'll be fascinating to see how long it takes the Chargers to adjust to their new home.

Roster

Head Coach: Anthony Lynn

The Chargers haven't been as bad as their record indicated the last two seasons, yet the organisation still faces plenty of adversity under the direction of new head coach Anthony Lynn. Of course, the entire franchise is adjusting to its new home in Los Angeles. The team will have new offensive and defensive schemes, too. Plus, the franchise's top two draft picks—Mike Williams and Forrest Lamp—are already dealing with long-term injury concerns. A .500 campaign may be too much to ask considering these circumstances.

OFFENCE

Ever since Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson left the organisation, the Chargers have been heavily relying on their pass attack through longtime QB Philip Rivers. The team finished in the top 10 for points scored and passing yards thanks largely to Rivers and his favourite receiver Keenan Allen. Top ten pick Mike Williams should take some coverage away from Allen once he's healthy. The running game needs to improve, and early indications show RB Melvin Gordon could be in line for a breakthrough year.

DEFENCE

The Chargers had an above average defence last year, but need to stop opposing teams from scoring too many points. Last years Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa proved a revelation at defensive end, especially considering he sat out the first 4 games. Some experts have already compared him to a young J.J. Watt. Charger fans can only hope Bosa can emulate Watt. There are some other nice pieces to this unit, with star CB Casey Howard having quietly become one of the better corners in the game. Melvin Ingram has also turned into a game wrecker.

MVP

Philip Rivers, QB

Philip Rivers has been the face of the franchise ever since the Chargers drafted him in the golden QB draft in 2004 that also produced Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. The 6 time pro bowler is renowned throughout the league for his fiery leadership and gunslinger mentality. Rivers isn't phased by anything that teams throw at him.

At 35 you have to wonder how much is left in the tank for Rivers. Some fans were worried that Rivers was going to leave the franchise in the summer, as reports said he wasn't too keen on moving his family to LA. But luckily for fans and teammates, Rivers has relocated and stayed with the rest of the team. The Chargers will need him to steady what is a very rocky ship at the moment.

Other notable players: RB - Melvin Gordon. WR - Keenan Allen. TE - Hunter Henry. TE - Antonio Gates. DE - Joey Bosa. DE - Melvin Ingram. DT - Corey Liuget. CB - Casey Hayward.

Uniforms

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StubHub Center

StubHub Center was opened in 2003 and is located 14 miles south of downtown LA. It's actually the home of the LA Galaxy MLS soccer team, and is only a temporary home for the Chargers until the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is finished in 2020, which they will then share with the Los Angeles Rams.

Capacity: 27,000

Los Angeles

State: California

Population: 617,594

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes. LA is world renowned for the glitz and glamour of the movies, earning the nickname "Tinseltown".

Records

Conference Champions

AFC Champions -

Division Champions

AFL West - 5

AFC West - 10

Playoff Appearances - 18

AFL - 5

NFL - 13

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 426 Losses: 431 Ties: 11

Post Season

Wins: 11 Losses: 17

Total

Wins: 437 Losses: 448 Ties: 11

Hall of Famers - 9

Lance Alworth, F - Class of 1978

Ron Mix, T - Class of 1979

Sid Gillman, Coach - Class of 1983

Dan Fouts, QB - Class of 1993

Kellen Winslow, TE - Class of 1995

Charlie Joiner, WR - Class of 1996

Fred Dean, DE - Class of 2008

Lunior Seau - Class of 2015

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB - Class of 2017