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To Fans' Dismay, El Tráfico Postponed Due To Our Terrible Weather. July 4 Is New Date For LAFC Vs. LA Galaxy

Soccer players in black uniforms look jubilant as player in white hold their heads and appear dejected. Fans in black have their hands raised in the stands, visible beyond the goal.
LAFC players celebrate their win over the LA Galaxy in last year's Western Conference Semifinals at Banc of California Stadium.
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LAFC and LA Galaxy fans might want to sit down for this news: Saturday's season opener at the Rose Bowl has been postponed due to the intense storm that's slamming Southern California.

Major League Soccer announced the news, which was quickly shared by LAFC and LA Galaxy on their social media accounts.

By late afternoon, the match was rescheduled for July 4, still at the Rose Bowl — exponentially increasing the potential for an epic El Tráfico.

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What happens next

According to MLS, tickets purchased for Saturday's opener will be honored for the new date. Ticket holders will receive more information via email.

The backstory

Saturday's match was going to kick off the 2023 MLS regular season with a new, but already notable, rivalry. True fans know this match meant another El Tráfico moment: massive traffic jams as fans made their way to the stadium.

This match marks the 17th face-off between the two teams. The LA Galaxy was set to host reigning MLS-champion LAFC at the Rose Bowl, which was home to the Galaxy from 1996 to 2003.

How are fans reacting?

Ticket sales for the match were on track to surpass the all-time MLS single-game attendance record of 74,479, set last year when the Galaxy played in North Carolina against a new team, Charlotte FC. With that many tickets sold, there are a lot of disappointed fans — although some may prefer not having to sit in cold rain for hours in normally dry and sunny Southern California.

At the risk of betraying personal bias, this was particularly amusing:

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Updated February 24, 2023 at 4:21 PM PST
This story was updated with the rescheduled date for the match.
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