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Los Angeles FC Games
Los Angeles FC is a Los Angeles soccer franchise that competes in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The team goes by a number of nicknames, including LAFC and The Black and Gold. Founded in 2014, Los Angeles FC is one of the newer teams to MLS. For more information about how they started and where they are headed, keep reading.
In an unusual turn of events, when Chivas USA dissolved in 2014, MLS awarded a new soccer club to Los Angeles. Chivas USA was a team that played from 2005-2014 from Carson, California. When they Mexico-affiliated team collapsed, a gap in the market opened up. As a result, within a mere three days, Los Angeles FC was born.
In 2018, LAFC first competed in an official capacity. They quickly became an impressive expansion team. In their first season, they made the record for best regular season of an expansion team, earning 57 points, narrowly breaking Chicago Fire’s 1998 record. LAFC ended the season with 68 goals, two behind Atlanta. To top it off, for such a new team, LAFC impressively competed in CONCACAF in 2020.
LAFC had to be good from the start to hold a candle to MLS stars, LA Galaxy. Besides for LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC, there are only two other teams in MLS that share a home city. LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC’s most intense feud is over El Trafico, also called the Los Angeles Derby. It is one of two crosstown series in the league. El Trafico replaced SuperClasico, which was a competition between LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. Having two teams so geographically close is a surefire way to heighten competition. As the team continues to mature in MLS, new rivals may emerge.
LAFC are residents of the Banc of California Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium and field in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. Locals may recognize the area, because it was built on the same ground as the old Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, right near the University of Southern California. The project took around two years to build, and opened in 2018.
Interesting, LAFC was cleverly designed to cater to millennial sports fans. Fans were consulted from the start to help pick team colors and crest designs, demonstrating that the fans’ voices and perspectives mater. This also influenced the player roster, which is filled by younger athletes. It also influenced the team leadership’s decision to base their home stadium near downtown Los Angeles. Whether or not you are a millennial, LAFC is a team to watch in the upcoming seasons.