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Noise Up The Road: LAFC Name John Thorrington Vice President Of Soccer Operations

Owner Los Angeles Football Club Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Executive Chairman and Owner Los Angeles Football Club Peter Guber, Managing Partner and Owner Los Angeles Football Club Henry Nguyen and MLS Comissioner Don Garber attend a press conference to announce the new Los Angeles MLS team and ownership group at Siren Studios on October 30, 2014 in Hollywood, California. October 30, 2014| Credit: Charley Gallay

While Bruce Arena‘s Los Angeles Galaxy are building steam towards what they hope will be a strong 2016 campaign with some actual silverware, just up the road at Los Angeles Football Club, John Thorrington was named Vice President of Soccer Operations. As a player, Thorrington spent nine years in MLS, with stints at D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps and the Chicago Fire. Currently, Thorrington is working on his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University and with this new role, all those loans will be taken care off, for starters.

“When I met John it was at our sports management summit in Chicago that I do every year,” LAFC president Tom Penn told MLSsoccer.com’s Alicia Rodriguez. “John was able to come attend the summit with the leading sports executives from around pro sports. I loved what I saw in him. He’s razor-sharp, he beams with brightness, and then he’s curious and wants to be creative. He’s loyal to the city, he’s from here. “He has a particular passion about every level at the club, the senior level through the development level and all the way down to the youth system. He’s got great insights, ideas. He’s lived it and is the perfect guy to create all that.”

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“What we are going to be doing is very intentional about building from the bottom up,” said Thorrington of his approach. “So I’m starting there, that’s my top priority, is to start developing our academy, and we are going to take probably a different focus from most in that we’re starting from the ground up. I think these two years provide an amazing opportunity for us to set that foundation to put ourselves in the best possible position come 2018.

“I think it’s important we represent this city well. And how I would describe that in my words is the style will be creative, it will be dynamic, it’ll be fast paced and it’ll be ambitious. But that stylistic side needs to be balanced with substance. It’ll be a team that plays with ‘controlled aggression,’ I’m stealing a term from my playing days, and an absolutely relentless pursuit of that.”

LAFC are scheduled to begin play in 2018, but with an academy set to launch soon, followed by the formation of a senior team and coaching staff, the seeds are being sown for the renewal of the SuperClasico and the battle for the Doug Hamilton Trophy in a little over two years time.

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