Fans made their voices heard, and the team nearly earned a result at one of the league's toughest venues. David Beckham and Co. have plenty to build on.
Vela turned 31 on Sunday, then he turned David Beckham's expansion club away from Banc of California Stadium with a loss.
Some of it was rust. Some of it was the quality of opposition. Regardless, LAFC demonstrated an intensity on Thursday that could win them trophies.
LAFC looked liked a completely different team than they did down in Mexico and used their always boisterous home fans to help lead them to a 3-0 victory (3-2 aggregate) over Leon.
The reigning World Cup champion United States punched its ticket to Tokyo 2020 with a 4-0 win over Mexico Friday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Ulysses Llanez celebrated Kobe after scoring his first goal, and tributes were present throughout Carson.
Attention is already swarming Javier Hernandez after his big signing, and both he and MLS are in position to capitalize on it.
It's not just Javier Hernandez, either. The Liga MX Apertura leading scorer moved stateside over the winter, and an Argentine playmaker broke a charter club's transfer record.
LAFC is well aware of the grim reality setting in. "There’s going to be an MLS Cup winner," Mark-Anthony Kaye said, "and it’s not going to be us."
After five matches without a win in the rivalry, LAFC answered the bell and sent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy packing in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
LAFC star Carlos Vela punctuated his incredible regular season with a rocket, then scored again for good measure.
There's still a ton to play for this season, but LAFC paused Wednesday night to recognize the first trophy in club history.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic set the Galaxy's single-season scoring record, but that season won't lead to much unless what happened vs. Sporting Kansas City continues.
Ibra doesn't poke and prod other teams the way he does LAFC. Because despite the Galaxy's spotless record in the derby, it's not just another game.
Another night at the Banc of California Stadium, another statement made by LAFC. A 4-0 rout of the Earthquakes sets off MLS rivalry week thanks to more magic from captain Carlos Vela.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had nothing but good things to say about new teammate Cristian Pavon. But Wednesday was yet another indication he's over Major League Soccer.
The Galaxy got the opening goal just two minutes into the Cali Clasico, but San Jose dominated throughout for another three-goal win over Los Angeles.
Portland's physicality and stifling defense shut down LAFC all night, and a goal by Jeremy Ebobisse saw the Timbers prevail 1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.