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Tom Penn: I think LAFC training facility will be in Los Angeles

Tustin may be an option, but it sounds like one for the future.

MLS: LAFC-Press Conference Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While the groundbreaking for Banc of California Stadium was the highlight of Los Angeles Football Club’s event on Tuesday, some other news tidbits were dropped over the course of the day.

One of those was the status and plan for LAFC’s training facility. While a recent report linked the MLS expansion side to a potential site in Tustin, as part of a very ambitious sports and entertainment complex, club president Tom Penn provided an update of sorts regarding the training facility search.

“No there’s other [sites aside from Tustin],” Penn told reporters immediately after the groundbreaking. “We’re actively engaged in some other conversations and Tustin could still be something in the future, with a big bold academy plan, a multisport venue, there’s a lot of really cool opportunities.”

Penn, who mentioned finding and establishing a training facility for the club as one of the next priorities for LAFC, was asked if the search for a training facility was focusing on an Orange County location or a site closer to Los Angeles.

“I think [LAFC’s training facility] will be in Los Angeles,” he responded.

Time will tell, of course, but that’s the latest update on the search, and Penn sounds like an LA location is leading the race at the moment, with the Tustin plan possibly being a development for several years from now, if it’s still an option.

We’ll continue to keep track of this and other stories related to LAFC in their run-up to 2018.

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