Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the honorary falconer for Sunday’s Los Angeles Football Club-New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer game at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.
Wearing a black LAFC jersey with the number 42, Los Angeles’ 42nd mayor released Olly, a female red-naped shaheen with a 46-inch wingspan, before the start of the 4-2 victory.
“I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder to wing with her and the Black and Gold,” Garcetti tweeted.
One of the team’s four falcons is released before the start of each game for a pregame flight at the center of the field, hunting a lure of the opponent’s crest.
Each of the falcons is named for a famous Los Angeles street, inspired by the team’s promise to, “Unite the world’s city through the world’s game: street by street, block by block, one by one.”
Olly is named for Olvera Street.
The other three falcons are a female named Sunny for Sunset Boulevard; a male named Fig for Figueroa Street; and a male named Mel for Melrose Avenue, who is Fig’s brother.
The falcons are shown at schools and organizations to teach youth about falcons and their importance to the environment.
The victory improved LAFC’s league-best record to 17-3-4, including a 10-0-1 mark at home.