LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Pregame festivities as the LAFC fans prepare for the MLS Cup Western Conference Final match against Austin FC at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 30, 2022. Los Angeles FC won the match 3-0 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
The two best teams in MLS face off in the final on Saturday, Nov. 5. Here’s what you need to know to watch Los Angeles FC take on the Philadelphia Union in this year’s MLS Cup Final.
The MLS Cup Final will be a battle of No. 1 seeds when Los Angeles FC host the Philadelphia Union this Saturday in the league’s championship game. It will mark the first time both teams have reached the final.
LAFC reached the final on Sunday after defeating Austin FC 3-0. Hours later, the Philadelphia Union eliminated New York City FC, the defending league champions, 3-1 to set up the matchup against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles captured the Supporters’ Shield earlier this season, a title given to the MLS team with the best record. As a result, LAFC will host this year’s final.
#MLSCup is going to be special.@LAFC vs. @PhilaUnion. 🍿 pic.twitter.com/UAaNQTRTUc
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2022
There were fewer cross-conference games in MLS this season, but the schedule did ultimately feature a 2-2 draw this past May 7 between LAFC and Philadelphia.
The final will be hosted at Banc of California Stadium. The MLS Cup final, however, has been played in Los Angeles seven times before, including the famed Rose Bowl in 1998 and at Dignity Health Sports Park in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles
Venue: Banc of California Stadium
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: Fox Sports
Both teams have never won an MLS Cup title. LAFC are the only team in the last five years to win the Supporters’ Shield and also advance to MLS Cup Final in the same season. They are only the fourth team to have accomplished that feat since 2005, joining Toronto FC (2017), Los Angeles Galaxy (2011) and the Columbus Crew (2008).
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