Mark your calendars — Los Angeles Football Club has some games on their inaugural schedule.
MLS revealed the home openers for all 23 teams in 2018 on Tuesday, and we now know both LAFC’s first ever competitive game, March 4 in a nationally-televised game in Seattle against the Seattle Sounders, and their first competitive home game, April 29 at Banc of California Stadium against the same Sounders.
One other LAFC-related game was revealed as well, on March 10 against Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah. The remaining 31 MLS regular season games will be revealed in January.
LAFC’s home opener on April 29 will be the latest in MLS, and will mean the team will play several games on the road before the new stadium is fully christened. That number of road games would conceivably be between two and eight (could be more if there are midweek fixtures, although those typically come later in the season), but there’s likely to be a bye week or two in that span as well.
Still, with let’s say upwards of six road games in a row to start the expansion season, plus two of the games in the first two months coming against the Sounders, this is not necessarily going to be an easy slate to ease into MLS life.
One other note: Two out of the three games for LAFC are on Sundays, which are the big national TV day for Fox and ESPN. We’ll see how many nationally televised games LAFC are ultimately involved in, but don’t be surprised to see a fair few of them with the growing hype around the club, the new stadium, and Bob Bradley’s burgeoning team.
But now you’ve got the initial dates to book your travel plans or make sure you’ve got the day off to check out the first home game. We’re getting excited, and the time is seriously almost here.
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