Los Angeles Football Club announced on Thursday they will play a preseason friendly in February against Sacramento Republic FC at the USL team’s stadium, Papa Murphy’s Park.
While the precise date was not announced yet (that’s promised at a later date), this may or may not be LAFC’s first ever game as a professional team, depending on how the rest of the preseason calendar shakes out.
“We have taken notice of the on and off-field success of Sacramento Republic FC and look forward to an important match for us in preparation for our opening season.” said LAFC general manager and executive vice president of Soccer Operations John Thorrington in a statement.
Sacramento (and the Republic) is one of four cities vying for the next two MLS expansion slots, which are expected to be announced in December. Those handicapping the expansion sweepstakes overwhelmingly have Sacramento getting one of those two slots, although they’ve been kept at bay for years and anything could yet happen. It’s worth noting that the proposed Sacramento MLS stadium that would replace the modular Papa Murphy’s Park is already in pre-construction work at the site.
This also gives LAFC fans a reasonable road trip to get ready for the team’s first MLS season. Feels like it will be a good time.
We’ll have more info on the preseason schedule as it becomes available.
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