LAFC announced today that the Club will kick off its fourth season in Major League Soccer against Austin FC on Saturday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. PT at Banc of California Stadium (FOX, FOX Deportes, ESPN 710 AM). It is the second consecutive year that the Black & Gold will host an expansion team for its MLS regular season home opener.
Full dates and broadcast details of LAFC’s 2021 MLS regular season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
LAFC is a perfect 3-0-0 all-time in home openers, with victories over Inter Miami CF (2020), Sporting Kansas City (2019) and Seattle Sounders FC (2018). The match against Austin FC will also mark the third consecutive year that LAFC will play Week 1 at Banc of California Stadium.
Last season, LAFC qualified to the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs for the third straight campaign after finishing in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with a 9-8-5 record. The Club also became the first team in MLS history to defeat three Liga MX teams in the knockout stages of the Concacaf Champions League en route to an appearance in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final in December.
Two years ago, the Black & Gold won the 2019 Supporters’ Shield after registering the best regular season record of all-time (21-4-9), setting a new single-season points record (72) and finishing tied for the most goals in league history (85).
During the Club’s inaugural season in 2018, LAFC set the record for most points by an expansion team (57), and equaled the records for most goals (70) and away victories (7). The Black & Gold also reached the semifinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Earlier this month, LAFC announced that it will continue to work with L.A. County public health officials, the City of Los Angeles and Major League Soccer on protocols to ensure fans will be able to safely attend and enjoy a match at Banc of California Stadium at the proper time. The Club plans to announce health and safety protocols for fans as well as a ticket policy for reduced capacity at Banc of California Stadium in the near future.
2021 Major League Soccer Regular Season Home Openers
All times are PT. Home teams listed first. Schedule subject to change
Friday, April 16, 2021
5 p.m. - Houston Dynamo FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (BBVA Stadium) | ESPN+
6:30 p.m. - Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC (Lumen Field) | FS1, FOX Deportes
Saturday, April 17, 2021
10 a.m. - New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City (Red Bull Arena) | ESPN+
11 a.m. - CF Montréal vs. Toronto FC (Inter Miami CF Stadium) | CTV, TSN, TVA, TVA Sports, ESPN+
12 p.m. - Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United (Exploria Stadium) | UniMás, TUDN, Twitter
2:30 p.m. - LAFC vs. Austin FC (Banc of California Stadium) | FOX, FOX Deportes
5 p.m. - FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (Toyota Stadium) | ESPN+
5 p.m. - D.C. United vs. New York City FC (Audi Field) | ESPN+
5:30 p.m. - Nashville SC vs. FC Cincinnati (Nissan Stadium) | ESPN+
5:30 p.m. - Chicago Fire FC vs. New England Revolution (Soldier Field) | ESPN+
Sunday, April 18, 2021
12 p.m. - Inter Miami CF vs. LA Galaxy (Inter Miami CF Stadium) | ABC, ESPN Deportes
2:30 p.m. - Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union (Historic Crew Stadium) | FS1, FOX Deportes
7 p.m. - Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers (Rio Tinto Stadium) | TSN, ESPN+
Friday, April 23, 2021
4:30 p.m. - Sporting Kansas City vs. Orlando City SC (Children’s Mercy Park) | FS1, FOX Deportes
Saturday, April 24, 2021
10 a.m. - New York City FC vs. Cincinnati FC (Yankee Stadium) | ESPN+
12 p.m. - Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Exploria Stadium) | CTV, TSN, ESPN+
12:30 p.m. - San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas (Earthquakes Stadium) | Univision, TUDN, Twitter
5 p.m. - Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire FC (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) | ESPN+
5 p.m. - New England Revolution vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium) | ESPN+
5 p.m. - Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami CF (Subaru Park) | ESPN+
5 p.m. - Minnesota United FC vs. Real Salt Lake (Allianz Field) | ESPN+
6 p.m. - Colorado Rapids vs. Austin FC (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park) | ESPN+
7:30 p.m. - Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo FC (Providence Park) | ESPN+
Sunday, April 25, 2021
2:30 p.m. - LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls (Dignity Health Sports Park) | FS1, FOX Deportes
Saturday, May 1, 2021
11 a.m. - Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City (Rio Tinto Stadium) | ESPN+
Sunday, May 16, 2021
1 p.m. - FC Cincinnati vs. Inter Miami CF (West End Stadium) | FOX, FOX Deportes
Saturday, June 19, 2021
6 p.m. - Austin FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Q2 Stadium) | UniMás, TUDN, Twitter