December 8, 2015
MAN IN CHARGE
MLS Vet Thorrington to head LAFC Soccer Operations
Former MLS player John Thorrington has been named Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations by the Los Angeles Football Club.
|LAFC owners Tom Penn (left) and Peter Guber (right) welcome John Thorrington as the team's VP of Soccer Operations.
Photo courtesy of LAFC
In his new role, Thorrington will assume leadership of player and personnel decisions to help build the new MLS club, which will begin play in 2018.
“Having played both in the U.S. and internationally, John brings an unparalleled depth of insight and experience to our Club,” said Tom Penn, LAFC’s President and Owner. “John knows our game, he knows our league, and is the right soccer mind to build our team on a global level.”
Thorrington spent the last two years an executive with the MLS Players Union. He spent much of his professional career with the Chicago Fire, playing in 64 games between 2005-2010. He played 35 games over two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps and finished out his career in with DC United in 2013.
“John played at the highest levels of soccer throughout Europe and on the international stage and he understands the impact and power that soccer can have around the world,” said LAFC’s Managing Partner and Owner Henry Nguyen. “John is committed to growing enthusiasm for the world’s game in our country and community. We are happy to have him on our team and are confident that he has the vision and skills to build another winning team in Los Angeles.”
Though raised in the United States, the South African born Thorington began his soccer career in Manchester United's Youth Academy. He also spent time with Bayer Levekusen before finally igniting his pro career with Huddersfield Town from 2001-2033. Thorrington also represented the U.S. at the U-20, Olympic, and Senior National Team levels.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to help assemble a team that will represent our city and our community,” Thorrington said. “We want to put a team together that will excite our fans and
bring another champion to the city of Los Angeles.”
Earlier this year, LAFC announced its intent to build a new stadium in downtown Los Angeles, at the site of the current Los Angeles Sports Arena.