After Atlanta United’s stunning 2017 debut season, many across MLS are watching LAFC closely to see if this year’s much-hyped expansion newcomers can meet or beat the Five Stripes’ head-turning achievements both on the field and in the stands.
The Californians had to catch an early L this weekend, however, as they came out second-best in a lighthearted wager with the Georgia club.
With their NFL counterparts the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons facing off in a wild-card playoff game on Saturday, LAFC and Atlanta United made a casual bet via their respective Twitter accounts, with the loser sentenced to donning the others’ colors.
Predictably, smack talk ensued…
And when the Falcons, who share ownership and a home stadium with United, knocked off the host Rams in a 26-13 upset victory at the LA Memorial Coliseum – a stone’s throw from LAFC’s under-construction Banc of California Stadium – the Angelenos had to flash a new Twitter avatar (see image at top).
A bet’s a bet. Stay tuned. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/SvgJ9IdbDM— LAFC (@LAFC) January 7, 2018
It’s extremely early in the year, but this little episode hints at the possibility of some quality banter between the expansion darlings of past and present.