LAFC vs Seattle Sounders - Date, Time & How to Watch

One of the most thrilling and fierce rivalries in MLS is between Seattle Sounders and LAFC, and they will face each other in the 2024 MLS season opener.

Los Angeles Football Club v Seattle Sounders FC: Western Semifinals - 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs
Los Angeles Football Club v Seattle Sounders FC: Western Semifinals - 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The match between LAFC and Seattle Sounders will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at BMO Stadium (previously known as Banc of California Stadium). The game will start at 1:45PM (PT), but MLS games typically begin nine minutes later than the scheduled time. You can watch the game for free on Apple TV MLS Season Pass, or on Fox, which is why the kickoff time is listed as 1:30PM. For Fox games, the pre-game show usually lasts about 24 minutes before the actual game begins.

The rivalry is fueled by several factors, such as geographic proximity, the contrasting styles of play, the star players on both sides, and the high stakes involved. Both teams have ambitious owners, passionate fans and successful coaches who demand excellence and trophies. Seattle and LAFC have consistently finished near the top of the Western Conference, with one of them representing the conference in the MLS Cup final in four out of the last five years.

The two teams have met 18 times in all competitions since LAFC joined the league in 2018, with each match featuring high drama, intensity and quality. LAFC have the edge in regular season matches, winning seven, drawing four and losing three.

However, Seattle have prevailed in two out of three playoff encounters, including the 2019 Western Conference Final, where they stunned LAFC 3-1 at Banc of California Stadium and went on to win their second MLS Cup title. LAFC got their revenge last year, eliminating Seattle 0-1 in the Western Conference semifinal.