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LAFC to open 2020 MLS season March 1 against Inter Miami

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Supporters’ Shield holders to welcome expansion team in first game.

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It’s official: Los Angeles Football Club will kick off the 2020 MLS regular season on March 1, when they host 2020 expansion team Inter Miami at Banc of California Stadium, the news announced by the league on Thursday.

It’ll be a day game, to kick off at 2:30 pm PT, and while it’s not official yet you can bet it will be televised on a national network, given the teams and storylines involved.

The league announced the home openers for all 26 teams, but LAFC did not show up in any other teams’ home openers. That’s likely because LAFC’s early-season schedule will almost certainly be light — teams involved in the Concacaf Champions League tend to have one or more bye weeks to try and help them progress in that tournament, although that can backfire if a team exits CCL early.

That brings up a related point, that the game against Inter Miami won’t be LAFC’s first competitive fixture of the year. The schedule has not officially been released for CCL yet but that will begin in February, with LAFC season ticket holders getting information this week about scheduling for that tournament, with games taking place on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. The 2020 CCL draw will take place this coming Monday, and we’ll know who LAFC faces in the opening round.

As for Inter Miami, much like LAFC at this time two years ago there’s plenty of mystery. Co-owned by David Beckham, they still don’t have a head coach in place and it’s a bit concerning that person still isn’t in place, rumors linking them to several high-profile managers leading to nothing so far. Their roster is a work in progress, but they definitely seem to be following the LAFC model, combining MLS experience with promising South American youth. They don’t have a Carlos Vela-like player in place yet, but expect that and I guess a head coach soon enough.

Word on the street is the rest of the LAFC regular-season schedule will come out this month. We’ll keep you posted when we see that surface.

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