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LAFC pay tribute to Mo Fascio at season opener

Fallen VP of The 3252 very much remains in everyone’s hearts.

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LAFC were thrilled to welcome spectators back to a competitive game again at Banc of California Stadium, but there was a bittersweet feeling in the air in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Austin FC.

Attendance was capped out at 4,900, and The 3252 did not represent that actual number in person, but on a day dubbed “Memorial Day” at The Banc, the club paid tribute to Mauricio “Mo” Fascio, an LAFC supporter and vice president of The 3252, who recently died after contracting COVID.

LAFC players wore memorial armbands in tribute to Fascio.

And The 3252’s first tifo lifted pregame in over a year was a portrait of Fascio with a slogan that’s become his trademark.

LAFC head coach Bob Bradley was asked about the tributes to the member of the club.

“First of all, it was a special day to have fans back in the stadium but when we talked yesterday and looked into the stands, we knew that there was a bittersweet part to it. I’ve said a number of times that so many of our fans help Los Angeles in this last year with the the roles they play the jobs they have and sadly enough, some of the neighborhoods in some of the communities where our best fans come from, they were hit hard with the virus.

“And Mo Fascio, on the board before the game they had a tribute and his personality and his presence and how much he loved LAFC just came across. Every time we got the chance to be around him, the memory of him in the locker room with some others, with the Supporters’ Shield. I always think back to that night, and seeing him holding the Supporters’ Shield and that smile showed how much LAFC meant to him and as a result he met an incredible amount of all of us.”

LAFC has promised more programming will be coming out this season in tribute to Fascio. But it was nice to see an initial day of remembrance as the team hit the field for the first time this year.

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