Just like that, the 2024 MLS Season is upon us. We all knew the turnaround would be quick with 2023 wrapping up in December, but just as the holidays end, a new season of insanity begins. Like many teams, LAFC are looking forward to a more successful campaign this time around. Unlike many teams, the black & gold are coming off a season where they had four chances to win a trophy, and failed to finish the job on all of them. Now, in the midst of a bit of a exodus, LAFC aim to find what’s needed to finish this year with some more silverware.
Season 7 ⏳ pic.twitter.com/Ydwfo3mKy7
— LAFC (@LAFC) January 21, 2024
The team will hold their first media availability tomorrow, Jan 23rd, with preseason games already on tap for the week ahead. The boys have already arrived in Los Angeles for preseason training beginning today. While we have seen some familiar faces return, fans will have to get used to a fair amount of the 2023 squad, not walking through those doors. Surely the first question LAFC Co-President and GM, John Thorrington, will have to answer is going to be that of transfers, and if Los Angeles have any plans to fill up their DP spots with new talent. For the first time in their short history, it at the very least, feels like a rebuild type of season.
Easing into the spotlight
The preseason matches have already been announced for LAFC with the team opting to hold two of their official matches behind closed doors. This Sunday the team will host Danish Superliga side, FC Nordsjaelland in a closed-door match, at a currently undisclosed time. The other closed-door match will take place next Saturday, February 3rd, with the team hosting fellow MLS side, Charlotte FC. That match is set for the morning. The first time fans will get the chance to see their team live and in action, will be during the now seemingly annual, Coachella Valley Invitational. The matches will be held at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, as they have the last few years.
On February 7th the team will match up against second-year side St. Louis City SC, and on February 11th the team take on Chicago Fire FC. Preseason will then wrap up on February 17th, when the team take on Toronto FC. The location and time for that match have yet to be determined.
The boys are back 👋 pic.twitter.com/vjZMudw7KL
— LAFC (@LAFC) January 22, 2024
Those who stay will be….?
It hasn’t been the greatest of starts to the offseason for LAFC who have already seen a handful of players head out. The team have already lost Diego Palacios, John McCarthy, Maxime Crepeau, and Denil Maldonado. Midfielder Kellyn Acosta and inaugural signing and superstar, Carlos Vela, are also out of contract and it looks more and more like they too will be elsewhere in 2024. The problem is, we haven’t seen any additions come in, yet. However, this is LAFC, and if there is one thing history has shown about this club, there will be signings. How many, and who, remains to be seen, but it would be a shock, and huge disservice if this squad doesn’t fill up their International and DP spots before the start of the new campaign.
We will know a lot more, or at the very least have a bit of a clearer picture, after tomorrow’s media day. As it stands, its going to be an uphill battle for the black & gold, for really the first time ever as a club. The team is coming off a handful of missed opportunities for silverware, and the worst thing that could happen to this side is immediate regression. The question going into the new campaign, can they fight the regression, and return to being the kings of MLS?
Thoughts on the offseason so far and the season ahead for LAFC? Leave a comment below!