|Founded||October 30, 2014|
|Stadium||Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles, California
|Executive chairman||Peter Guber|
|Head coach||Bob Bradley|
|League||Major League Soccer|
Los Angeles Football Club is an American professional soccer franchise based Los Angeles, California. The team will begin play in Major League Soccer (MLS) starting in 2018, as a member of the Western Conference. The team was established in 2014. LAFC will play their home games at the Banc of California Stadium in the Exposition Park neighborhood. The team shares the Los Angeles area market with the LA Galaxy.
On October 30, 2014, Major League Soccer awarded a new expansion team to Los Angeles, filling the vacancy in the market created by the dissolution of Chivas USA three days earlier. On September 15, 2015, the club announced that Los Angeles Football Club, which had previously been used as a placeholder name for the club, would be the official team name. Henry Nguyen, Los Angeles FC's principal owner at the time, hinted at this possibility shortly after the club was announced in describing the name as "timeless" and saying, "in the world, football means one thing. Maybe it speaks a little bit to our own vision and our own aspirations."
The club's colors and logo were unveiled on January 7, 2016 at Union Station. The club's primary colors are black and gold, with red and gray used as accent colors. The Art Deco-inspired logo incorporates a shield outline referencing the city seal, with a winged "LA" monogram and the words "Los Angeles" and "Football Club" in Neutraface. The crest was designed by Matthew Wolff.
On May 17, 2015, the team announced plans to build a new soccer-specific stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena site at Exposition Park. The Banc of California Stadium will have 22,000 seats and 140,000 square feet of open space, costing US$350 million. The group estimated the project would create 1,200 temporary construction jobs and 1,800 full-time jobs, generating $2.5 million in annual tax revenue. The environmental impact report, arena demolition and stadium construction are expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to April 2018.
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Much of the marketing focus was on building a club for the city of Los Angeles, this goal was achieved by securing the rights to build a stadium in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.[better source needed] LAFC has taken a grassroots approach to building the club by founding the LAFC academy and signing younger prospects including Americans Walker Zimmerman and Los Angeles native Tristan Blackmon, Portuguese draft-pick Joao Moutinho, as well as Uruguayan prospect Diego Rossi.
Black Army 1850 and District 9 Ultras supporters group, formerly supporters of Chivas USA, have been a vocal presence at town meetings and at the logo unveiling. The Expo Originals are a new supporters group that have also been growing quickly and can be found at each LAFC event.
The ownership group is headed by lead managing owner, Larry Berg, and co-managing owners, Brandon Beck and Bennett Rosenthal. Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group and entrepreneur Peter Guber is executive chairman, former National Basketball Association executive Tom Penn is president, and venture capitalist Henry Nguyen is vice-chairman. The ownership group also includes businessmen Ruben Gnanalingam and Vincent Tan. In addition, the club has a further 22 named investors including Magic Johnson, Nomar and Mia Hamm-Garciaparra, Chad Hurley, Tony Robbins and Will Ferrell.
LAFC matches will be broadcast regionally in English by YouTube TV, with the team's channel carrying live games and supplemental coverage. It marks the first time that a major U.S. professional sports team has sold their regional broadcast rights to an online streaming service as opposed to a traditional television broadcaster or regional sports network. The team will negotiate separate Spanish TV and radio rights.
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|1||Goalkeeper||Miller, TylerTyler Miller||United States|
|2||Defender||Harvey, JordanJordan Harvey||United States|
|3||Defender||Beitashour, StevenSteven Beitashour||Iran|
|4||Defender||Gaber, OmarOmar Gaber (on loan from Basel)||Egypt|
|7||Forward||Blessing, LatifLatif Blessing||Ghana|
|8||Forward||Rossi, DiegoDiego Rossi (DP)||Uruguay|
|10||Forward||Vela, CarlosCarlos Vela (DP)||Mexico|
|13||Goalkeeper||López, LuisLuis López||Honduras|
|21||Forward||Ureña, MarcoMarco Ureña||Costa Rica|
|23||Defender||Ciman, LaurentLaurent Ciman||Belgium|
|25||Defender||Zimmerman, WalkerWalker Zimmerman||United States|
|40||Forward||Pacheco, RodrigoRodrigo Pacheco (on loan from Lanús)||Argentina|
|43||Midfielder||Kovar, AaronAaron Kovar (HGP; on loan from Seattle Sounders FC)||United States|
|44||Defender||Moutinho, JoãoJoão Moutinho (GA)||Portugal|
|51||Midfielder||Mallace, CalumCalum Mallace||Scotland|
|--||Defender||Jakovic, DejanDejan Jakovic||Canada|
|--||Midfielder||Kaye, Mark-AnthonyMark-Anthony Kaye||Canada|
|--||Midfielder||Feilhaber, BennyBenny Feilhaber||United States|
|Head coach||Bob Bradley|
|Assistant coach||Ante Razov|
|Assistant coach||Marc Dos Santos|
|Assistant coach||Kenny Arena|
|Goalkeeping coach||Zak Abdel|
|Director of soccer operations||Mike Sorber|
|Lead managing owner||Larry Berg|
|Co-managing owner||Brandon Beck|
|Co-managing owner||Bennett Rosenthal|
|Executive chairman and owner||Peter Guber|
|President and owner||Tom Penn|
|Vice chairman and owner||Henry Nguyen|
|Executive vice president, soccer operations and general manager||John Thorrington|
|Vice president, soccer operations and assistant general manager||Will Kuntz|
Orange County SC is the affiliated farm club of Los Angeles FC, competing in the United Soccer League. LAFC entered into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the team on December 7, 2016. Orange County SC is independently owned by James Keston.
On February 1, 2016, the club announced the founding of the LAFC Academy. The academy is launching with a fully funded U12 USSDA academy team with a roster of 26 players. Joey Cascio was named coach of the U12 team along with Juan Lopez.