Soccer

A Preseason Glimpse of the Future

A limited amount of The 3252 crammed the bleachers to support LAFC as it played a final scheduled preseason match Sunday at UCLA.

The 3252 marched through the UCLA campus, began singing songs of support before the players took the pitch for warm-ups, and did not stop until LAFC left for the locker rooms. 

LAFC remains undefeated this preseason earning a 4-4 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Carlos Vela scored twice, the first goal a beautiful free kick to the top right corner out of reach of Vancouver’s keeper Brian Rowe. The second a successful penalty kick following a hard foul on Diego Rossi in the penalty area.

Latif Blessing scored at the beginning of the second half and the final score came via a Vancouver own goal.

LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said the presence of the 3252 created a winning atmosphere.

“We’ve got real supporters and real passion,” Bradley said. “They brought their 'A' game and that’s just the start.”

 

THE 3252 ON TOUR

LAFC is headed to Sacramento, Seattle and beyond, and so is The 3252. Members of The 3252 have exclusive access to LAFC’s supporters section at away games. Keep your eye on social media for ticketing information and upcoming LAFC events. Be sure to follow The 3252 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more details.

by: Mark Rojas

Photos by: Oscar Ibarra

The Foundation is Laid

The foundation for our new home has been set. North America’s first safe standing rail seating is nearly complete on the North End. The SuperDraft is upon us.

Our LAFC season is here, and our supporters are ready.

Gearing up for our inaugural season, The 3252 toured the Banc of California Stadium Jan. 14, accompanied by LAFC’s newest defender Jordan Harvey, his wife Kim and daughter Harlow.

For some of us, this was our first glimpse inside our second Los Angeles home. For all of us, we saw the extensive progress going on within.

It’s dusty, with nails scattered all over and rebar projecting from areas that will soon be stairs, but our stadium is progressing upon the foundation we have laid.

Banc of California Stadium updates:

  • Safe standing rail seating for supporters is nearly complete, with cup holder installation next on the list.
  • The addition of the safe standing seating makes BOC eligible to host FIFA matches.
  • Seats throughout the stadium are undergoing installation.
  • The 40-foot-wide Panasonic video board on the northwest side is up and covered for weather.
  • The south side 120-foot-wide Panasonic video board is currently being installed and will be the largest LED video board in MLS.
  • The supporters’ bar will feature a scarf wall, trophy cases, art and other 3252 supporters’ items.

Stadium highlights:

  • The closest seats are only 12 feet from the touchline.
  • Every seat will be within 135 feet of the pitch.
  • Seating will be among the steepest in MLS, at 34 degrees.
  • BOC is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.

Follow The 3252 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming Drum and Chant sessions, supporter events, player updates and more.

We’re excited to welcome our team to their new home in April!

Welcome home, LA.

- By Lindsay Ivins

One by One, We Build Our Team

Thank you to our 3252 crew for coming out to the LAFC Experience Center to kick off the MLS Expansion Draft.

Today, we took over the MLS network and stole the conversation with our first five picks, adding more young-blooded talent to our roster.

Head Coach Bob Bradley and GM and EVP of soccer operations John Thorrington were center stage to announce and support all five picks, with our very own Gil Torres announcing LAFC’s third pick.

Bradley kicked off the 87-degree morning with a note about our most recent signing: Walker Zimmerman. The FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National team’s premier defender is coming to LA in exchange for $500,000 in allocation funds and the No. 1 allocation slot for the 2018 MLS SuperDraft in January.

“Walker is a talented young defender – I like the way he plays,” Bradley said. “He’s not afraid to step up and make plays. When you build a team, guys that play centrally in the defense make a big difference.”

Zimmerman will join Egyptian defender Omar Gaber and the club’s first designated player, Mexican forward Carlos Vela.

Together, we stand in support of a team and coach that will dominate MLS in 2018.

And with the final statement, Thorrington brought it all home: “With that last pick, the free agency window just opened.”

Let’s build our team.

UPDATE: LAFC’s No. 4 and No. 5 picks were traded for top defender Laurent Ciman from Montreal Impact shortly after the draft’s close.

LAFC 2017 Expansion Draft picks

Here’s what our leaders had to say.

No. 1: (G) Tyler Miller, Seattle Sounders FC

Thorrington: “Tyler is a player I have known since our days at Northwestern University – a goalkeeper I have liked since those college days. He will be able to contribute from Day 1 for us. In the most recent playoff game, we saw affirmation of our thoughts on Tyler and we’re really excited to have him.”

No. 2: (F) Latif Blessing, Sporting Kansas City

Bradley: “Latif showed this year that he’s dynamic and scores some good goals. He’s a really talented young player that we’re ready to work with.”

No. 3: (F) Marco Ureña, San Jose Earthquakes

Thorrington: “In terms of what we see in Ureña, we need to look no further than his performances for the Costa Rican National team – unfortunately against us for the U.S. We know his work rate, his ethic, his character. We’re very excited to welcome him to LAFC – we know he’ll make our fans proud.”

No. 4: (D) Jukka Raitala, Columbus Crew SC

Bradley: “In a part of the field where it’s not always easy to find experienced, solid players, I think Jukka provides that.”

No. 5: (D) Raheem Edwards, Toronto FC

Thorrington: “A lot of work went into making sure we were prepared to come out of this draft with the best value and the best players we could. I feel very good about the players we’ve acquired with these five picks.”

[Join The Movement] Be sure to RSVP for our LAFC Holiday Open House on Saturday, where you can become a member of The 3252.

- By Lindsay Ivins