Western Conference champs! LAFC beat Austin FC to host MLS Cup 2022


Add another crowning achievement to LAFC’s 2022 season.

The Black & Gold have topped their portion of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs bracket, winning the Western Conference Final on Sunday afternoon at home, a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Austin FC.

Tallies from forwards Cristian Arango and Kwadwo Opoku, as well as an own goal by Austin substitute Maxi Urruti, were the difference in the West's No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup at Banc of California Stadium.

MLS Cup awaits

That trophy-granting result ensures the Supporters’ Shield champions will host MLS Cup on Nov. 5 (4 pm ET | FOX, Univision in US; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada). They’ll welcome the Philadelphia Union to Banc of California Stadium next Saturday after the Eastern Conference champions beat defending league champions New York City FC, 3-1.

This is LAFC’s first-ever MLS Cup trip, advancing further than their vaunted 2019 squad that fell at this same postseason stage against eventual champions Seattle Sounders FC. Led by first-year head coach Steve Cherundolo, they're also the first team since Toronto FC in 2017 to win the Supporters’ Shield and make MLS Cup in the same season.