The reigning MLS Cup champions’ next act is taking shape.
Major League Soccer’s 2023 regular-season schedule was released Tuesday, solidifying 34 matches on the Los Angeles Football Club’s crowded competitive calendar for the coming year.
Following LAFC’s previously announced season opener Feb. 25 against the Galaxy at the Rose Bowl, the Black & Gold will return to Banc of California Stadium for the first time since winning the MLS Cup when the Portland Timbers visit March 4.
That contest airs on Fox and is one of six nationally televised MLS matches featuring LAFC as the league commences a 10-year media rights deal with Apple TV. In addition to the league’s Apple partnership, MLS announced additional four-year linear television agreements.
LAFC will appear on Fox three other times – at Seattle on March 18; versus Austin on April 8; at the Galaxy on April 18 – and twice on FS1 for home matches against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1 and Minnesota on Oct. 4.
MLS Season Pass launches Feb. 1 and will carry every regular-season match, the entire playoffs and Leagues Cup without any blackouts.
Crosstown rival Galaxy and LAFC are tasked with facing three times throughout the regular season.
The final El Trafico clash comes Sept. 16 at the Banc.
When LAFC heads north to meet San Jose on May 6, the match will take place at the 70,000-seat Levi’s Stadium, one of 11 U.S.-based sites for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The 29th team in MLS, expansion side St. Louis City SC, faces LAFC for the first time in L.A. on May 31. The return leg at St. Louis’s newly built soccer-specific stadium Citypark takes place Sept. 20.
Other notable matchups include six meetings against Eastern Conference opposition.
LAFC hosts New England (March 12), Atlanta (June 3) and Miami (Sept. 2). The club visits Nashville (April 22) after it rejoined the East heading into 2023, Charlotte (Aug. 26) and conference standard bearer Philadelphia on Sept. 23.
LAFC beat Philadelphia on penalty kicks to claim its first MLS Cup in November.
The regular season closes with Decision Day on Oct. 21 in Vancouver.
LAFC players are expected to report the first week of the year ahead of the official opening of training Jan. 8. The Steve Cherundolo-led MLS champions could play six preseason matches, including four against league teams.
The MLS All-Star game is set for July 19 at Audi Field, home of D.C. United, four days after the league begins a monthlong break for the Leagues Cup, a CONCACAF-sanctioned tournament featuring all 47 MLS and Liga MX clubs.
Between MLS, Leagues Cup, the U.S. Open Cup and Concacaf Champions League, LAFC may play nearly 60 matches in 2023.