The news we've all waited for is here, as LAFC announced on Tuesday during a press conference near their stadium site that former MLS player John Thorrington will be the club's first executive Vice President, soccer operations.
Thorrington, 36, wrapped up his playing career in 2013 with D.C. United. The oft-injured midfielder also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps during their first two seasons in MLS, and spent 2005-10 with the Chicago Fire. Before entering MLS he played professionally in England, was in Manchester United's youth ranks and was on the books at German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Born in South Africa but raised in Southern California, Thorrington repeatedly emphasized his local roots on Tuesday. After retiring, he worked with the MLS Players Union, including the latest CBA negotiations at the start of the year, and is currently finishing up his MBA from Northwestern University.
Thorrington is fluent in Spanish and conducted interviews in Spanish at the press conference.
As far as his priorities, Thorrington did note the club is already on the lookout for players and coaches for 2018, but it appears getting LAFC's academy off the ground is the first priority, based on his comments. That said, no specific timetable was identified.
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