The LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club will meet for the first time in 2022 Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson under an “enhanced security plan” implemented in response to incidents between fans of the MLS teams in 2021.
The plan features designated sections on the concourse for the safe division of supporter areas and includes seat relocation opportunities, specific stadium services for traveling supporters and rules regarding opposing team colors in supporter sections, according to a statement from the Galaxy.
The plan was developed by both teams in collaboration with Major League Soccer in an attempt to optimize overall fan safety and experience, the statement said. It will also be in effect when the teams meet July 8 at Banc of California Stadium, LAFC’s home.
“We ask fans of both clubs to set an example, respect each other and find common ground as passionate fans of the sport,” Galaxy President Chris Klein and LAFC Co-President & Chief Business Officer Larry Freedman said in a statement.
“Violence or any harassment among fans is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Let’s honor the game and continue to build this rivalry together.”
There were fights in the stands and the parking lots at the Aug. 28 and Oct. 3 games in the rivalry known as “El Trafico.”