Editorial (January 10, 2018) – Major League Soccer recently announced the 2018 regular season schedule. It features new expansion team LAFC. The city of Los Angeles will now have two teams in MLS for the first time since 2014. Here are five matches from the club’s inaugural year which stand out.
Five Los Angeles FC Matches Worth Watching in 2018
Saturday, March 31: at LA Galaxy
Only the third game of the season and LAFC has their first derby game. They will take on the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Not since Chivas USA folded in 2014 have we seen a derby game in the City of Angels. Coach Bob Bradley is familiar with it when he coached Chivas USA back in 2006. LAFC will play LA Galaxy a total of three times, more than any other team in their inaugural season. The main attractions are the two Mexican superstars, LAFC’s Carlos Vela and the Galaxy’s Giovani Dos Santos, go head-to-head.
Saturday, April 7: at Atlanta United FC
The fourth game of the season will see LAFC take their first cross-country trip to the dirty south. Atlanta United has become the new gold standard for expansion teams. In their first season, they broke league records for attendance when they took on Toronto FC at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The two clubs even traded words on Twitter, betting on the LA Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons game. The loser would sport the winner’s colors. This match will be a great test for LAFC to see how they stand up against the rest of the league.
Sunday, April 29: vs. Seattle Sounders FC
In a rematch of the first game of the season, LAFC will take on the Seattle Sounders. This will be the inaugural home game in the new Banc of California stadium. Will LAFC be able to pull out a win on their first home match? Or will the spoils be given to the two-time defending Western Conference Champions? Either way, supporters will have this circled and underlined on their calendar as they see their new home for the first time. Fans can take in the enchanting views of downtown Los Angeles, the vaunted Coliseum, and other vantage points from this new structure while taking in world-class soccer.
Sunday, August 5: at New York Red Bulls
This will be the longest trip the club will have to endure all season. It’s something they will have to get used to playing in this league. It even beats out their distance to travel to Montreal. It should be interesting how the players react to a long flight and time difference as they prepare to play a match at the fortress that is Red Bull Arena. There also is the added intrigue of Bradley facing the club he coached from 2003-05.
Saturday, September 1: at Toronto FC
LAFC travel to BMO Field to take on the reigning champs, Toronto FC. This match could be the start a family rivalry being made before our eyes. This match marks the first time Bob Bradley will coach against his son Michael in a professional setting. We cannot wait to see if Bob takes it easy on his son’s team or puts the pedal to the metal to completely throttle the champs. It will be interesting to see if the young upstart can show the champs they mean business by getting a W on the road.