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Los Angeles FC
Los Angeles FC
Team logo
Full name
Short name LAFC
Founded October 30, 2014; 3 years ago (October 30, 2014)
Stadium Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles, California
Stadium
capacity
22,000
Owners
Executive chairman Peter Guber[1]
Head coach Bob Bradley
League Major League Soccer
Website Club website
Current season

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.[2][3] The team was established in 2014.[4] 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.

History

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.[5] 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.[6] 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."[7]

Colors and badge

The club's colors and logo were unveiled on January 7, 2016 at Union Station.[8][9] 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.[10]

Sponsorship

On January 31, 2018, LAFC announced that YouTube TV will be the club's jersey sponsor in addition to broadcasting local matches in English.[11]

Stadium

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.[12][13] The environmental impact report, arena demolition and stadium construction are expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to April 2018.[3]

Club culture

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.[14][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,[15] as well as Uruguayan prospect Diego Rossi.

Supporters

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.[16]

Ownership

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.[17] The ownership group also includes businessmen Ruben Gnanalingam and Vincent Tan.[7] 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.[7][17][18][19]

Broadcasting

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.[11][20]

Players and staff

Current roster

No. Position Player Nation
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

Coaching staff

Technical staff
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

Team management

Front office[21]
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

Development system

Orange County SC

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.[22] Orange County SC is independently owned by James Keston.

Academy

On February 1, 2016, the club announced the founding of the LAFC Academy.[23] 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.[24]

References

  1. ^ a b "Our Ownership". Los Angeles FC. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Bartlett, Blair (September 15, 2015). "Los Angeles' newest Major League Soccer team announces official club name and launches collaborative effort with supporters to identity club colors with social media campaign" (PDF) (Press release). Los Angeles Football Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site". Los Angeles Times. May 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (October 27, 2014). "MLS shuts down Chivas USA; new club, ownership to return in 2017". ESPN FC. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Major League Soccer awards new team to Los Angeles". October 30, 2014. Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ "LA's MLS expansion team announces official club name: Los Angeles Football Club". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Grant Wahl. "How did LAFC come to be? These businessmen are behind MLS' newest team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Our Crest". Los Angeles Football Club - LAFC. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ Couch, Ben. "LAFC unveil crest, logo, colors ahead of MLS launch in 2018". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "LOS ANGELES FC". Matthew Wolff Design. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Baxter, Kevin (January 31, 2018). "LAFC reaches jersey, streaming deal with YouTube TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ "Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "LAFC Stadium". Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ "We Are LAFC o Copa90". Copa90. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ Baxter, Kevin. "LAFC make Joao Moutinho its first-ever draft pick". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018. 
  16. ^ "Will Ferrell joins LAFC as part-owner as new MLS team unveils logo and colors". ESPNFC. January 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "LAFC Ownership". LAFC. 
  18. ^ Mendola, Nicholas (October 30, 2014). "Los Angeles officially given new MLS team; Magic Johnson, Vincent Tan among investors". Pro Soccer Talk. NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "Will Ferrell announced as LAFC part owner". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2018. 
  20. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew; Spangler, Todd (January 31, 2018). "YouTube TV Strikes Unprecedented Deal for Pro Sports TV Rights". Variety. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ "Club - LAFC - Los Angeles Football Club". 
  22. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (December 7, 2016). "LAFC, Orange County Blues FC Announce Multi-Year Partnership". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2017. 
  23. ^ "U.S. Soccer Development Academy Adds 56 Clubs at Under-12 Division for 2016-17 Season". ussoccer.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  24. ^ "LAFC Academy | We Start Here". lafc.academy. Retrieved 2016. 

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