The latest edition of “El Trafico” does not lack in star power.
Los Angeles is known for its multitude of stars, and the city’s two soccer teams have worked hard to fit into the landscape.
The Galaxy have been doing it since their inception in 1996, with Mexican idols like Luis Hernandez and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez having donned the jersey over the years, along with superstars like David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, LAFC are the new boys on the block in Southern California, having only kicked off in 2018. They’ve counted Carlos Vela and Uruguay international Diego Rossi among the players that have worn the black and gold.
With the summer transfer window now open in North America, LAFC can officially welcome Euro 2020 winner Giorgio Chiellini and Wales icon Gareth Bale to the fold, with both players eligible to play on Friday against their new team’s cross-town rival.
Nicknamed “El Trafico” in a cheeky nod to the infamous traffic in Los Angeles, the derby has already seen memorable moments in the four years since it started, including Ibrahimovic’s brace in his MLS debut, which was also the first edition of El Trafico (Vela also scored twice for LAFC in the same match). Another electric debut could be in the cards for LAFC’s newcomers, although Bale’s status for the match remains unknown.
Meanwhile, Chiellini has been in full training with LAFC since his contract began July 1 and should be a participant in MLS’ most explosive rivalry.
LAFC VS. LA GALAXY: DATE, TIME, LIVE STREAM
Date: Friday, July 8
Kickoff time: 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET
Live stream: DAZN
The match will be played at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. local time.
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