|Full name||Los Angeles Football Club|
|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 expansion soccer franchise based in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The team plans to begin play in Major League Soccer (MLS) starting in 2018. The team was announced in October 2014.
The ownership group is headed by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, entrepreneur Peter Guber, and former National Basketball Association executive Tom Penn. The ownership group also includes businessmen Ruben Gnanalingam and Vincent Tan. In addition, the club has a further 21 named investors including Magic Johnson, Nomar and Mia Hamm-Garciaparra, Chad Hurley, Tony Robbins and Will Ferrell.
The ownership sought input from fans to decide the permanent name and logo. On November 7, 2014, Nguyen expressed a preference for the name Los Angeles Football Club being permanent, describing it 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." On September 15, 2015, the club announced the placeholder name, Los Angeles Football Club, would be the official team name.
On May 17, 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported the team chose the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena site at Exposition Park to build a new stadium. 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 2018.
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.
The club's colors and logo were unveiled on January 7, 2016 at Union Station. The colors are black and gold, with a flash of red. The Art Deco-inspired logo incorporates a shield outline referencing that found on 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.
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|--||Midfielder||Alvarez, CarlosCarlos Alvarez||United States|
|--||Midfielder||Etim, MondayMonday Etim||Nigeria|
|--||Defender||Gaber, OmarOmar Gaber (on loan from Basel)||Egypt|
|--||Forward||Pacheco, RodrigoRodrigo Pacheco (on loan from Lanús)||Argentina|
|--||Forward||Vela, CarlosCarlos Vela (DP; joining from Real Sociedad on January 1, 2018)||Mexico|
|Head coach||Bob Bradley|
|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|
LAFC has taken a more grassroots approach to building the club than the typical American sports team. Much of the marketing focus has been on building a club for the city and community before anything else. District 9 Ultras and Black Army 1850 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.