LAFC, Carlos Vela visit FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium for the first time

Pat Noonan was serving as Philadelphia Union’s assistant coach when Philadelphia traveled to Los Angeles FC on March 8, 2020.

For the up-and-coming Union, the game served as a test against reigning winners of the Major League Soccer Supporters Shield, and it was a test the club weren’t exactly up to.

FC Cincinnati head coach Pat Noonan looks back on Saturday, May 5th.

But Union were ready that night at Banc of California Stadium, playing against LAFC to a thrilling 3-3 draw in what some consider one of the best MLS regular-season games in recent memory.

“Pretty good game,” Noonan, now FC Cincinnati head coach, said with a grin during an interview Thursday when mentioning this game between Union and LAFC.

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