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L.A. Football Club has deadlines to meet in order to open stadium on time

The fledgling Los Angeles Football Club says it needs one more stamp of approval from the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti's signature before the Major League Soccer expansion team can begin building its planned $250-million soccer stadium in Exposition Park.

But with the project now caught in some minor bureaucratic red tape, MLS Commissioner Don Garber has begun wondering whether there's enough time to finish the stadium before the team's scheduled home opener in March 2018.

"Whether they open up in that building is still to be seen," Garber told a group of sports editors Thursday. "That's the goal. [But] we've opened up almost all of our buildings later...