(News4usonline) – Something special is brewing between the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and the LA Galaxy. The two neighboring MLS teams will open the 2023 MLS season on Feb. 25, 2023, at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
It will be the first time El Clasico will play in the Rose Bowl Stadium during the regular season.
“This rivalry has, from day one, delivered an energy and electricity that together with incredible moments and memories on the pitch, has established it among the most engaging not only in Los Angeles but across MLS,” LAFC Co-President & CBO Larry Freedman said in a released statement. “It is only fitting that we are now taking it to one of the most iconic venues in all of sports.”
With the two teams playing an MLS playoff game at the Banc of California Stadium, this matchup figure to be historic on many levels for the sport of soccer and its legion of fans.
First, this El Traffico match will begin a multiyear partnership between MLS and Apple. The pairing of MLS and Apple will allow fans in different countries who can’t attend this event to watch the game on the Apple TV app. According to a release sent out, the app is expected to be available on Apple devices, smart TVs and almost any streaming devices.
The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is one of the most iconic sports and entertainment venues in the world and will no doubt maximize the number of people expected to attend the game. The Rose Bowl Stadium has a capacity of holding a little over 90,000 people. That’s where it hosted the World Cup in 1994 for men and 1999 for women.
It’s also used for Mexico and US national team matches when they play different opponents.
The Rose Bowl Stadium was home to the LA Galaxy from 1996 to 2003. For the first time in 21 years, LA Galaxy will play at the Rose Bowl Stadium. It is the second time that LAFC and Galaxy have played each other at a different stadium since the 2020 MLS season when it was an MLS Is Back season tournament.
When they play one another in February, it will mark the 17th time LAFC and LA Galaxy have squared off. As of today, LA Galaxy has seven wins and LAFC has four wins, and both teams have tied for five games.
“The LA Galaxy are excited to write a new chapter in the storied soccer legacy of Los Angeles as we kick off our 2023 campaign against our intercity rival LAFC at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “We have a great history at the most legendary sports venue in the United States and know this will be a great spectacle for fans as we place one of the most exciting new rivalries in the world on LA’s biggest stage.”
Ever since LAFC joined MLS in 2018, both LAFC and Galaxy have become MLS’s highest-profile rivalry.