The LA Galaxy’s July 4 game against city rivals LAFC at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is set to break the MLS single-game attendance record confirmed as a saleexpected with more than 80,000 fans.
The game, the latest episode of the El Tafico It is expected to significantly surpass the previous mark of 74,479 set in Charlotte FC’s first-ever home game against the LA Galaxy at Bank of America Stadium on March 5, 2022.
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“When you have 80,000 people and the energy is all around you in a stadium like this, you feel like there’s something much bigger going on than maybe just a normal game day,” Galaxy head coach and athletic director Greg Vanney said Monday.
Tuesday’s game, the 20th installment of one of MLS’ top fixtures, was originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the 2023 season but was then postponed due to a storm raging along the west coast.
It’s the first time the two Los Angeles teams will face off in the Rose Bowl. The Galaxy’s home ground is the 27,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.
Though the galaxy takes the lead El Tafico With a record of 8W-6L-5D in all competitions, Vanney and his squad have faltered this season and currently sit second in MLS’s Western Conference standings.
It’s been a tumultuous season for the record five-time MLS Cup winner, marked by the sacking of former club president Chris Klein and a season-ending injury to star forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
After winning its first MLS Cup last December, LAFC currently sits second in the Western Conference and reached the Concacaf Champions League finals earlier this year.
However, LAFC has also had its own problems lately, suffering back-to-back defeats in the league.
“It was our 29th game of the season,” said LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to FC Dallas. “I’m not sure any other club in MLS history has played that many games up until July 1st, so many games. Fatigue has set in, which is normal.”