LAFC Unites Fans and Ballers with Supporters Cup

I don’t get it. Is it 2018 already? That would explain why a club that has yet to play a game in the MLS or officially sign a player is able to generate the kind of excitement and hype normally reserved for elite, championship teams. This is LAFC.

The new kid on the block boasted a legion of fans, including SIX supporter groups, at their first Supporters Cup this past Saturday at Intaktics Soccer. The all-day 5v5 tournament brought together LAFC staff and fans to bump shoulders (and knees and shins) with established street crews like Bola and Concrete Royalty in the small-sided game. Urban Pitch threw our hat in the ring by backing the odds on house favorites Brazuca Ballers.

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Brazuca Ballers challenge spirited LAFC fans and staff at the Supporters Cup.

Touted as a celebration of the city of Los Angeles and its newest MLS club, the tournament was a memorable day filled with music, camaraderie, and a healthy level of competition. Rich Orosco, LAFC’s head of marketing for culture and community, was glowing in his praise of tournament organizers Black Army 1850. “They took the initiative to plan an event to bring all supporters together,” he said. Guests also enjoyed a special viewing of the Copa America trophy as an added bonus.

A referee takes a breather at LAFC’s Supporters Cup at Intaktics Soccer.

As eliminated teams stood watching from the sidelines with bellies satiated by tacos and beer, surprise finalist Venice SG squared off against HBfutsal who earlier knocked out Brazuca Ballers in the semi-finals. At the final whistle, HBfutsal prevailed 4-0 and claimed the inaugural trophy, fashioned in the shape of the 110 Interstate highway sign to commemorate the path to LAFC’s future stadium.

Tournament winners, HB Futsal, holds the trophy designed to commemorate the highway that will lead to LAFC's future stadium.
Tournament winners HBfutsal hoist the Supporters Cup trophy.

In the end, club officials, employees, fans, and supporter groups—including LAFC Cuervos, Expo Originals, and Lucky Boys—joined together for a day in a mutual love of the game, reason enough to look out for the promising new club.

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The Black Army 1850, LAFC supporter group, poses with tournament winners.
LAFC’s Creative Director, Marcus McDougald, shows he can do more than just talk about the game.
LAFC’s Creative Director, Marcus McDougald, shows he can do more than just talk about the game.
Leaders from different supporter groups bonding together.
District 9 Ultras member bonds with a player from Venice SG.

Photography by Imad Bolotok / Crossbar FC.