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Hooph! Hah! LAFC Makes History, Beating Austin In Western Final To Vie For MLS Title

A group of men with a range of skin tones cheer and celebrate as one man hoists an MLS trophy over his head. Sign behind them reads: Wester Conference Champions 2022.
Giorgio Chiellini #14 of Los Angeles FC holds the championship trophy as he celebrates with teammates after defeating Austin FC, 3-0, during the Western Conference Finals.
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Topline:

The Los Angeles Football Club had a decisive 3-0 win against Austin FC, as joyful fans cheered them on. The victory sends the young club to its first ever MLS Cup championship match.

How they got here: They advanced to the Western Final after a heart-stopping 3-2 victory against the L.A. Galaxy.

The details: The match was at home where the LAFC fans are know to make a lot of noise at the Banc of California Stadium in South L.A. And, this is important, the championship match will also be played here, which is considered a massive advantage for LAFC.

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Match highlights: Austin FC never mounted a serious challenge. LAFC dominated throughout the match, with goals scored by Cristián Arango and Kwadwo Opoku (the second goal was recorded as an own goal by Austin FC's Maximilian Urriti, off a corner kick by LAFC's Carlos Vela).

What's next? LAFC plays Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Union, which beat the reigning MLS Cup title holder, New York City FC, 3-1 last night. LAFC will have home-field advantage in the Cup on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.

Go deeper: How LAFC Fans Helped Make The Stadium A Welcoming Space For All

Updated October 30, 2022 at 7:24 PM PDT
Updated to reflect winner of Sunday night's Eastern Conference final.