Austin FC will try to buck a trend when it kicks off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer as the 27th club in the league when it plays at the Los Angeles Foootball Club Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

MLS expansion teams have a 4-11-2 record in their first games.

Here are the four expansion teams that won their first MLS match:

* The Chicago Fire started its MLS history with a victory on March 21, 1998, defeating fellow expansion club Miami Fusion 2-0 at Lockhart Stadium (the Fusion had lost its first match the week prior to D.C. United).

* Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Red Bulls, 3-0, March 19, 2009 at Qwest (now Lumen) Field in its first league match.

* Vancouver Whitecaps FC knocked off Toronto FC to open the 2011 campaign, at Empire Field in Vancouver.

* LAFC opened its history in 2018 with a 1-0 victory over Seattle at CenturyLink Field, as head coach Bob Bradley guided an expansion team to an inaugural win for the second time. The first time was with the a forementioned Fire. He is he only coach in MLS history to lead two teams to wins in their first league matches.

 

INAUGURAL MATCHES – MLS EXPANSION TEAMS
DATE         VISITOR               HOME             RESULT    ATT.     GOALS
3/15/1998    D.C. United          Miami             DC  2-0     20,450  DC: Williams (16) Sanneh (37)
3/21/1998    Chicago              Miami              CHI 2-0     14,653  CHI: Kosecki (76) Kotschau (87)
4/2/2005      D.C. United          Chivas USA    DC  2-0     18,493  DC: Gros (32) Gomez (76)
4/2/2005      Real Salt Lake     MetroStars      0-0            12,657
4/7/2007      Toronto FC         Chivas USA     CHV 2-0    14,351  CHV: Razov (35) Kljestan (88)
4/3/2008      San Jose             Los Angeles    LA  2-0      27,000  LA: Beckham (9) Donovan (37)
3/19/2009    NY Red Bulls       Seattle            SEA 3-0     32,608  SEA: Montero (11,75) Evans (25)
3/25/2010    Philadelphia        Seattle            SEA 2-0     36,241  SEA: Evans (12) Montero (43)
3/19/2011    Toronto FC          Vancouver      VAN 4-2    22,592  VAN: Hassli (14,71) Dunfield (25) Harris (62);
TOR: De Rosario (19) dos Santos (73)
3/19/2011    Portland              Colorado         COL 3-1    17,139  COL: Larentowicz (7) Cummings (28)
Smith (29); POR: Cooper (79)
3/10/2012    Montreal              Vancouver       VAN 2-0    21,000  VAN: Le Toux (3) Sanvezzo (53)
3/8/2015      NYCFC                Orlando City   1-1            62,510  ORL: Kaka (90); NYC: Diskerud (75)
3/3/2017      Minnesota           Portland          POR 5-1    21,144  POR: Olum (13) Valeri (46,81) Adi (90,92);
MIN: Ramirez (78)
3/5/2017      NY Red Bulls       Atlanta            NYR 2-1    55,297  NYR: Royer (75) own goal (81); ATL: Asad (24)
3/4/2018      Los Angeles FC  Seattle            LFC 1-0     40,070  LFC: Rossi (11)
3/2/2019      Cincinnati           Seattle            SEA 4-1     39,011  SEA: Leerdam (27) Morris (33, 43) Ruidiaz (87);
CIN: Bertone (13)
2/29/2020    Atlanta                 Nashville        ATL 2-1     59,069  NSH: Zimmerman (28)
ATL: Barco (9) Hyndman (37)
3/1/2020      Inter Miami         LAFC              LFC 1-0     22,121  LFC: Vela (44)