MLS expansion club LAFC hires Thorrington to run soccer ops

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Football Club has hired John Thorrington to run the MLS expansion club's soccer operations.

LAFC announced Thorrington's appointment on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Thorrington is LAFC's first hire on the technical side. He will be the executive vice president of soccer operations, building the organization from its youth academy to the MLS roster before it begins play in 2018.

Thorrington grew up in the Los Angeles area before a lengthy playing career in Europe and MLS, where he captained three teams in a nine-year span.

After retiring in March 2014, Thorrington worked for the MLS Players' Union. He also has nearly completed an MBA from Northwestern.

LAFC has announced plans for a $250 million downtown development including a 22,000-seat stadium on the site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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