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Los Angeles FC
Team logo
Full name Los Angeles Football Club
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

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.[2][3] The team was announced in October 2014.[4]

The ownership group is headed by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, entrepreneur Peter Guber, and former National Basketball Association executive Tom Penn.[5] The ownership group also includes businessmen Ruben Gnanalingam and Vincent Tan.[6] 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.[6][7][8]

John Thorrington was hired as executive vice president of soccer operations.[9]

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."[6] On September 15, 2015, the club announced the placeholder name, Los Angeles Football Club, would be the official team name.[10]

Stadium

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.[11][12] The environmental impact report, arena demolition and stadium construction are expected to take three years and delay the team's debut to 2018.[3]

Academy

On February 1, 2016, the club announced the founding of the LAFC Academy.[13] 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.[14]

Colors and badge

The club's colors and logo were unveiled on January 7, 2016 at Union Station.[15][16] 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.[17]

Players and staff

Current roster

No. Position Player Nation
-- 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

Coaching staff

Technical staff
Head coach Bob Bradley

Team management

Front office[18]
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

Culture

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.[19]

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 (PDF) from the original 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. ^ "MLS officials to announce details of new franchise replacing Chivas USA". The Los Angeles Times. October 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Grant Wahl. "How did LAFC come to be? These businessmen are behind MLS' newest team - SI.com". SI.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Will Ferrell announced as LAFC part owner". Sports Illustrated. January 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "LAFC introduces former MLSer John Thorrington as executive VP of soccer operations =". www.mlssoccer.com. 
  10. ^ "LA's MLS expansion team announces official club name: Los Angeles Football Club". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ "Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "LAFC Stadium". Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Soccer Development Academy Adds 56 Clubs at Under-12 Division for 2016-17 Season". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ "LAFC Academy | We Start Here". lafc.academy. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ "Our Crest". Los Angeles Football Club - LAFC. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Couch, Ben. "LAFC unveil crest, logo, colors ahead of MLS launch in 2018". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ "LOS ANGELES FC". Matthew Wolff Design. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "Club - LAFC - Los Angeles Football Club". 
  19. ^ "Will Ferrell joins LAFC as part-owner as new MLS team unveils logo and colors". ESPNFC. January 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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