The day has finally come. It's a day that's over three years in the making. The first match in LAFC history is finally here.
Of course, every team wants to start its history with three points. LAFC will be no different in that regard. But the Black & Gold also know the huge task ahead of them in the Seattle Sounders.
In Seattle, LAFC faces the most accomplished expansion team in MLS history. The Sounders are coming off back-to-back MLS Cup appearances - they lifted MLS Cup in 2016. Brian Schmetzer's team lost just once at home during the 2017 regular season.
Bob Bradley and his team are well aware of the threat the Sounders pose and the home-field advantage they enjoy at CenturyLink Field. They'll need a near-perfect effort to secure the first win in Club history.
Here are the Toyota Keys to the Match between LAFC and Seattle:
Congested Fixture List
Seattle defeated Santa Tecla 4-0 on Thursday at CenturyLink Field to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. They face a quick turnaround to start the regular season with many of their preferred starters having gone 90 minutes in the second leg against the El Salvadorian squad. To add to the workload, Seattle faces Chivas of Guadalajara in the first leg of their CCL quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Ciman To Return
After missing LAFC’s final three preseason games, center back Laurent Ciman was in full training the entire week leading up to the team’s MLS opening match. The Belgian is listed as questionable but there’s a strong possibility he takes up his spot next to Walker Zimmerman in Bob Bradley’s preferred center-back pairing.
Tyler Miller Returns To Seattle
The first selection of LAFC’s Expansion Draft in 2017, Miller spent two seasons with the Sounders playing in two matches. The goalkeeper is likely to be the starter for LAFC in their inaugural match and will need to be at the top of his game against a strong Sounders team.