L.A. soccer fans are screaming for a downtown stadium. Flickr/Miguel Angel Nunez

L.A. soccer fans are tired of schlepping to the suburbs.

Soccer fans living in L.A. have spent a lot of time in the 'burbs. As Jack Nicholson and rest of the Lakers cohort tailgate at the Staples Center downtown, fans of the L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA soccer clubs have been lumbering out to Carson, California, for much of the past 19 years. In fact, the Galaxy, Major League Soccer's first L.A-based soccer club, has never been based in the city. But the suburban supremacy of professional soccer in southern California may finally come to an end.

The MLS announced yesterday that a new team called the Los Angeles Football Club (or LAFC) will begin play in 2017. The expansion comes after L.A.'s smaller franchise, Chivas USA, which also played in Carson, dissolved after years of poor attendance and criticized ownership. Potential fans are pleading for the new team to break ground on a stadium within L.A. borders.

@Adweezy should click here for a list of L.A.'s most trusted tattoo parlors, because early reports indicate that LAFC owners are keen on building the stadium in the heart of L.A. "The group is thought to be looking at land near the Coliseum downtown," the AP wrote yesterday. Hollywood Park is also believed to be a possible destination for the club.

According to a report by the MLS, the ownership group has budgeted $150 million for the stadium project. A downtown location would contrast with the growing trend of professional sports teams relocating to suburban outskirts from urban cores. The San Francisco 49ers are playing their first season in Santa Clara and the Atlanta Braves will move 10 miles outside Atlanta beginning in 2017.

(LAFC)

Nonetheless, LAFC is asking Angelenos to help the future team find the right spot for their stadium.

Top image courtesy of Flickr user Miguel Angel Nunez

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