Black and Gold Invades the Great White North

Tonight is the first MLS regular season meeting between the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-2-1) and LAFC (2-2-0). The teams met during a closed door preseason 4-4 draw at UCLA.

LAFC has relied on its talented Designated Players to be productive on the pitch. In the first three games of the regular season, DPs Carlos Vela (3G, 2A) and Diego Rossi (3G, 4A) registered a goal and/or assist.

The black and gold are facing a tough opponent in Vancouver. The ’Caps are riding a club MLS record 11-match home undefeated streak and are currently in second place in the Western Division with 10 points on a 3-2-1 record.

LAFC defender Jordan Harvey makes his return to Vancouver, where he spent seven seasons. Harvey is the Whitecap’s all-time leader in MLS regular season appearances, starts, and minutes played. Joao Moutinho, LAFC rookie defender, is suspended following his red card in the 92’ of the match against Atlanta.

The teams will meet again on Sunday, October 21 at Banc of California Stadium.

How to watch and listen:

The match will be LAFC’s first local broadcast on YouTube TV in English and UniMás KFTR 46 in Spanish. The road match will also be broadcast over radio on ESPN 710 and KFWB 980. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Supporter Group Watch parties

Black Army
*3252 Membership Tour stop
La Chuperia #2

3702 Medford St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Cuervos
Fantasia Billiards
133 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

Expo Originals
Banditos
900 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Lucky Boys
Lucky Baldwin’s Pub
Old Town Pasadena
17 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

LAFC watch party
Bunker Hill Bar & Grill
601 W 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Ladies of LAFC (limited capacity, RSVP required)
LAFC Experience Center
1320 W 12th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Empire Boys
Goals Soccer Center
11747 Stadium Way
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Relentless
Campus Billiards
9111 Valley View St. #107
Cypress, CA 90630

Tigers Supporters Group
Beer Belly (KTown)
532 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020

We stormed Seattle

A spirited rally of chants were sung to boisterously announce that The 3252 had arrived in Seattle to witness history. Supporters gathered at the Owl N’ Thistle pub last Saturday to celebrate the final night of a time before LAFC.

Sunday morning marked the beginning of a new era in Los Angeles sporting history as Bob Bradley’s starting 11 would finally embark on its maiden footballing voyage. Around 300 Members of The 3252 met at Pyramid Alehouse and began to march to CenturyLink Field around noon.

Banners and flags began to wave as the bass drum set the marching tempo. The capos led several chants that echoed through the streets and the halls of the stadium as we made our way to the upper deck. Black and gold banners were hung along the railings in stark contrast to the neon green stadium.

We counted down the final seconds until match start time and gave a raucous cheer as the ball began to roll, the Los Angeles Football club had finally arrived. After three long years of waiting it only took 11 minutes for LAFC to score its first goal in club history. Diego Rossi secured a pass near the penalty arc from Carlos Vela and sent the ball flying out of reach of the Sounders keeper to the top left corner of the goal.

“Personally, it was a very good feeling to come in and score my first goal in my first game,” Rossi said. “We knew what kind of opponent we were going to play and it’s a tough team to play at their home. ... We came here to win and that's what we did.”

Earning three points away against MLS Cup runners up Seattle Sounders was a dream start to our club’s inaugural season. The 3252 will be there as LAFC continue to make history.

The 3252 on Tour

Seattle marked another pin on the map for The 3252’s continuing tour in support of LAFC. Members of The 3252 will have exclusive access to LAFC’s official supporters section at away games. Upcoming 3252 trips include Salt Lake City, Carson, Atlanta and more.

Follow The 3252 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming supporter events, away game travel details, player updates and more.

Photos: David Garcia AKA @dagaman

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

Drumming Up Support

“In the City of Angels /
In Black and Gold /

Where we will FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT /
For LAFC!”

Supporters have gathered in the shadows of the currently under-construction Banc of California stadium workshopping chants in preparation for Los Angeles Football Club’s MLS debut.

Hundreds within The 3252 could be heard far down Figueroa street and MLK boulevard as we practiced our English and Spanish anthems. Drums of all sizes - including some larger than our kids - could be heard echoing through the stadium and construction site.

Each session is an opportunity for longtime supporters and newcomers alike to come together and grow the soccer culture in Los Angeles, turning the North End into a force to be reckoned with.

“You have so many elements of the supporter culture coming together,” 3252 member Sal Reyes said. “LAFC hasn’t even kicked a ball yet.”

LAFC players, including Jordan Harvey, Joao Moutinho and Tristan Blackmon, have also made appearances at previous sessions.

“You made me feel at home since day one and I will forever be grateful for that,” Moutinho said.

Just as the LAFC players are practicing for the pitch, supporters are preparing to stand and chant the full 90 minutes.

LAFC just built a Formula 1 car and The 3252 are fine-tuning the engine, Reyes said.

Become a Part of the Movement

Keep your eye on social media for our next drum session, be sure to follow The 3252 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more details.

The 3252 on Tour

Members of The 3252 have exclusive access to LAFC’s supporters section at away games. Our supporters have already invaded Philadelphia for the MLS SuperDraft. Upcoming 3252 trips include Sacramento, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

Building Our Team in our Nation’s Birthplace

3252 On Tour: Philadelphia

“The boys just landed in Philly,
the boys just landed in Philly,

the boys just landed in Philly,
we’re going to build a team!”

Los Angeles Football Club selected a handful of players and continued to build a team only a few miles away from where America's founding fathers built a nation.

Members of The 3252 hopped red eye flights, packed up layers upon layers and left the comfortable 70-degree Los Angeles winter only to be enveloped by a brisk, near-freezing breeze in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – host city of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

The 3252 gathered on the morning of Jan. 19 in the center of Philadelphia’s City Hall, warming up with chants that echoed throughout the courtyard. Marching toward the convention center singing “Black and Gold” and “L.A. Football Club,” we passed pretzel stands and Wawa stores on our way to witness club history. 

Supporters from other MLS clubs (Philadelphia Union, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United) welcomed our crew and recognized our commitment to LAFC as the loudest group in the building.

LAFC’s front office and coaching staff, including Head Coach Bob Bradley, President Tom Penn, and Executive Vice President John Thorrington, deliberated over who would become our first-ever MLS SuperDraft selections.

Prospective draft players sat in wait right next to The 3252. When Joao Moutinho and Tristan Blackmon – LAFC’s first and second draft picks – were selected, they were welcomed with raucous cheers.

“I see you there 3252, thank you,” Moutinho said after MLS commissioner Don Garber announced him as LAFC’s first selection.

“I’m very excited to hit the ground running. I’m ready to go,” Blackmon said.

LAFC’s third selection, Pol Calvet Planellas was not in attendance. Only rounds 1 and 2 were held at the convention center.

After countless cheesesteaks and plenty of banter with other soccer supporters, The 3252 traveled more than 2,000 miles back home to prepare for our inaugural season.

- Mark Rojas

LAFC’s 2018 MLS Superdraft selections

First pick  (first overall in draft)
Joao Moutinho, Defender, Akron

Second pick (third overall via trade with D.C. United)
Tristan Blackmon, Defender, University of the Pacific

Third pick (24th overall)
Pol Calvet Planellas, Midfielder, University of Pittsburgh

Fourth pick (47th overall)
Jordan Jones, forward, Oregon State

The 3252 on Tour

Philadelphia was just the first stop on The 3252’s continuing tour in support of LAFC. Members of The 3252 will have exclusive access to LAFC’s official supporters section at away games.  Upcoming 3252 trips include Sacramento, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

Follow The 3252 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming supporter events, away game travel details, player updates and more.

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