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Will Kuntz named LAFC VP of soccer operations and assistant general manager

Executive has experience with MLS HQ, New York Yankees.

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Los Angeles Football Club have made an addition to their front office, and he’s someone familiar with the workings of MLS.

Will Kuntz has been hired by LAFC as vice president of soccer operations and assistant general manager, working with John Thorrington to build and maintain the MLS team roster. While the Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported it was a possibility earlier this month, Angels on Parade received confirmation on the hire on Wednesday from an LAFC spokesperson.

Kuntz has considerable experience in the industry, having worked his way through the New York Yankees’ front office, from reportedly asking George Steinbrenner for a job while in college to becoming a close advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

In 2014, he joined Major League Soccer as director of player relations. It’s a job that has acted as a springboard to a team front office job before, as Kuntz replaced Tim Bezbatchenko, who became Toronto FC general manager after working in the league office. Alongside the likes of other former MLS front office veterans Ali Curtis (New York Red Bulls) and Nelson Rodriguez (Chivas USA, Chicago Fire), the move follows others that bring in men who presumably know everything there is to know about MLS roster construction before they land with a team.

Kuntz also has ties to LAFC, as he attended Williams College and played on the basketball team there with LAFC co-owner Tucker Kain. Like Kuntz, Kain has professional experience in baseball, as he is also currently the Los Angeles Dodgers’ CFO.

In a 2014 interview with MLSsoccer.com, Kuntz noted he is also a lawyer, and said he “leaned toward Arsenal” as a fan as well as holding season tickets for the New York Red Bulls.

So as LAFC embark on building a roster for 2018, a project that is already well underway but will obviously ramp up over the next 14 months, it appears the two main architects of that project, Thorrington and now Kuntz, are in place to set the inaugural first team up.

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