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The time is now for LAFC

Get ready, get hyped to see how far the team can go in the playoffs.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The time is now for Los Angeles Football Club.

The supporters answered the bell from day one for LAFC this year, showing up in full voice and traveling around with the black-and-gold, turning heads nationally and internationally in the process.

The front office gradually built a roster that was among the most envied in MLS, finding new signings as the season went on that improved the squad.

The coaching staff instilled the belief in a playing style that is entertaining and breathtaking (for better and worse) and building cohesion in a hurry.

The players have put it on the line, performing so well that we’ve gone from wondering if they can make the playoffs to being a bit disappointed they didn’t actually win the U.S. Open Cup, or finish atop the Western Conference. If the players didn’t put it together, the lofty expectations wouldn’t even be on the table.

But the time is now for LAFC, for all of us.

If they beat Real Salt Lake on Thursday in their first-ever MLS Cup Playoffs match, they’ll be guaranteed another two games in the postseason. If they were able to run to MLS Cup, they would play six games total.

Up to six games to define a season, to stake a claim as the best expansion team ever in MLS.

But that journey begins with a single game. Lose against RSL, and the season is over, the playoffs extinguished for LAFC in an instant. There are no second chances, no draws coming, no dress rehearsals. The time is now.

As a site, we’ve been waiting since our launch in 2011 to cover an MLS playoff team. We know you’re likely eager to see what’s to come, after waiting so patiently for LAFC to launch. No matter what happens, it’s sure to be fascinating, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

But for now: The time is now for LAFC.

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