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LAFC Season Schedule: The Highlights

LAFC fanbase during home match at Banc of California Stadium | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | 2018

LAFC supporters can start marking their calendars as the MLS season schedule was released on Monday (January 7). With an expansion franchise record of 57 points, supporters will be expecting just as many fireworks at Banc of California Stadium.

LAFC had fun with the release taking it back to the 80’s on social media:

The season won’t be like last year with the “Banc” officially open for business on day one. So no six-game road trip to open the season, a more balanced schedule means their longest road trip is only three games.

These are some of the highlights of the upcoming season:

Rivalry Games

LAFC and the LA Galaxy renew their “El Trafico” Derby late this season with their first game on July 19 at the newly named Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. The turnaround match at the Banc will be on August 25.

LAFC striker Diego Rossi and LA Galaxy forward Ola Kamara battling for the ball during “El Trafico” | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 31, 2018

Speaking of rivals just a few days early on August 21, LAFC take on the San Jose Earthquakes at the Banc to close out their series against the other California team. The LAFC trip to San Jose comes earlier in the season on March 30.

Revenge Games

Two teams prevented LAFC from collecting trophies last season, the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake. Despite a record-setting year, Los Angeles was knocked out of the MLS playoffs after one game by Real Salt Lake.

Meanwhile LAFC was denied a historic spot in the US Open Cup Final, losing on the road to the Dynamo thanks to penalties. LAFC can start their revenge tour at home on March 23 against Real Salt Lake while they get to face the Dynamo at home late in the season on September 25.

The Champs are here!!!

The defending MLS Cup champions Atlanta United FC come to Los Angeles to face LAFC at the Banc on July 27. It’s the only game where the two teams face off this season.

Atlanta can serve as an example to LAFC as they won the MLS Cup in just their second MLS season while being supported by a rabid fan base.

LAFC players awaiting corner kick | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 13, 2018

Those are some of the highlights of the 34-game MLS season. LAFC will also be playing in the US Open Cup as a fourth round entrant as they look to start collecting trophies.

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