The Los Angeles Football Club is asking all its fans to dress in black for Thursday evening’s Major League Soccer game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at a sold-out Banc of California Stadium.
The team held several events in the city this week to promote what it has dubbed “Blackout LA.”
The first team in professional sports to ask fans to all wear the same color to a game were the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets in 1987, who asked fans to dress in white for what it called a “Whiteout.”
The game will be the second renewal of the rivalry that has been called “El Trafico,” Spanish for “The Traffic,” following polls on blogs covering each team. This the first time the teams will meet at the 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.
The Galaxy won the first meeting 4-3 March 31 at StubHub Center, overcoming a 3-0 deficit with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the game-winner one minute into stoppage time after tying the score in the 77th minute of the 90-minute game.
The teams will meet for the final time in the 2018 regular season Aug. 24 at StubHub Center.
This will be LAFC’s 10th MLS game at Banc of California Stadium. All have been sellouts.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be the honorary falconer. 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.