On Monday, Major League Soccer announced the full schedule for 2019. Entering into their second year as a franchise in MLS, Los Angeles Football Club has plenty to look forward to and to build on from last season, which saw them finish third in the Western Conference with 57 points.
LAFC also has 16 nationally-televised games this season, second only to defending champions Atlanta United, who have 17.
LAFC, as an exciting team and one which people will have their eyes on in 2019, have plenty of noteworthy matchups in their second year.
Let’s go over some of the highlights:
March 3: Sporting Kansas City (H) (ESPN): LAFC’s 2019 season opener is at home against 2018’s top finishing team in the Western Conference, the seemingly always-good SKC.
March 10: Portland Timbers (H) (FS1): LAFC follows up its home opener with another home game against the 2018 Western Conference Champions, who they developed quite a spicy rivalry with in year one.
March 23: Real Salt Lake (H): What we hope will be a revenge game for RSL knocking LAFC out of the playoffs in the first round in 2018.
April 6: D.C. United (A) (FOX): This will be LAFC’s first trip to D.C. United’s Audi Field, who benefitted from a home-field advantage that saw D.C. surge into the playoffs last season.
April 13: FC Cincinnati (H): LAFC will host MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati, in a matchup of the most recent additions to the league.
April 21 & 28: Seattle Sounders (H&A) (FS1, ESPN): Seattle was both LAFC’s first MLS matchup and first opponent at Banc of California Stadium, so the Sounders will always be a highlight matchup for LAFC. Plus, they play in back to back matchdays, which adds some more intrigue.
June 1: Portland Timbers (A) (ESPN2): This will be LAFC’s first match in the expanded, renovated version of Portland’s Providence Park, which will only add to an already intimidating environment, against a team desperate for home soccer.
July 19 & August 25: LA Galaxy (A&H) (ESPN, FS1): The 2019 editions of El Trafico. Enough said.
July 27: Atlanta United (H) (ESPN): LAFC does not have to travel to Atlanta’s fortress of Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season, but do get to host the 2018 MLS Cup Champions.
August 11: New York Red Bulls (H) (FS1): LAFC also gets to host the 2018 Supporters’ Shield winners, who amassed the best regular season in MLS history.
September 29: Minnesota United (A): LAFC, in their second-to-last match of the season, take a trip to Minnesota’s shiny new Allianz Field.
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