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Los Angeles FC

Shortly after Chivas USA ceased operations in 2014, the MLS awarded a new expansion team to Los Angeles to fill the void. However, it wasn’t until 2018 where they officially began their MLS campaign as Los Angeles’ second professional team, playing their home games at the Banc of California Stadium. The teams black and gold colors were unveiled in 2016, inspired by the glamour and urban texture of Los Angeles, with its crest outline derived from the city seal.

Team Black and Gold began to take shape in 2017, naming former United States Men’s National Team coach, Bob, Bradley as the first coach in team history. As the centerpiece, the team was built around Mexican midfielder Carlos Vela who became the team’s first designated player shortly after. Young Uruguayan prospect Diego Rossi then became the second designated player signed forming a formidable duo with Vela.

In their first official MLS match on March 4, 2018, LAFC also got their first win with a clean sheet in a road game against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The teams first loss came weeks later on March 31st in a high-profile match against interstate rivals LA Galaxy, a rivalry dubbed El Tráfico referring to the infamous traffic congestion of its city. The match featured Galaxy’s much anticipated debut of decorated prolific scorer and world class player Zlatan Ibrahimović. It was a disappointing 4-3 loss, losing the game after building a three-score lead. It wasn’t until their seventh game where they inaugurated their home stadium on April 29, also a 1-0 win against the Seattle Sounders.

LAFC’s first MLS season was a successful for expansion team standards, finishing third in the Western Conference and making the playoffs. They were also the best team in their home state. Their first playoff performance was a brief one that saw them get knocked-out in a home loss to Real Salt Lake 3-2.

The team reached levels no other MLS expansion clubs have ever seen in their first season of play, earning the most points of any expansion club with 57. Their seven road wins marks the most of any MLS expansion team, post-shootout era. Their 68 goals topped all teams in the conference, only two goals less than MLS goal leaders and eventual champions Atlanta United, good for second all-time for goals by an expansion squad.

LAFC MLS 2019 Results

DateFixtureFTHT
2019.05.04 Los Angeles FC
Chicago Fire
0
0
0
0
2019.04.28 Seattle Sounders
Los Angeles FC
1
1
1
1
2019.04.24 New York City FC
Chicago Fire
1
0
1
0
2019.04.21 Los Angeles FC
Seattle Sounders
4
1
2
0
2019.04.17 Vancouver Whitecaps
Los Angeles FC
1
0
1
0
2019.04.13 Los Angeles FC
FC Cincinnati
2
0
1
0
2019.04.06 DC United
Los Angeles FC
0
4
0
3
2019.03.30 San Jose Earthquakes
LAFC
0
5
0
3
2019.03.23 LAFC
Real Salt Lake
2
1
1
1
2019.03.17 New York City FC
LAFC
2
2
1
1
2019.03.10 LAFC
Portland Timbers
4
1
2
1
2019.03.03 LAFC
Sporting Kansas City
2
1
0
1

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