John Thorrington (center) answers questions at his introductory press conference on Tuesday. He was named LAFC’s Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star News
In its first hire on the technical side, LAFC named John Thorrington to Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations on Tuesday.
In his new position, Thorrington, 36, will oversee player and personnel decisions leading up to LAFC’s inaugural season in 2018.
“The teams that fans most readily and most passionately identify with are those that represent what is great about their city,” Thorrington said at Tuesday’s press conference at Exposition Park near the proposed site of the team’s stadium. “And that is exactly the type of team I intend to build — a team that will excite our fans, make our fans proud and deliver a championship-caliber team to those fans.”
Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was one of eight players whose contract option was declined by the Galaxy. (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy)
One day after the Portland Timbers officially ended the 2016 MLS season with an MLS Cup victory, the LA Galaxy announced its first roster changes of the offseason. The club declined contract options on eight players: forward Edson Buddle, defender Tommy Meyer, goalkeeper Brian Perk, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, forward Charlie Rugg, midfielder Mika Vayrynen, midfielder Kenney Walker and goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton.
Kenney Walker, a LA Galaxy midfielder since 2012, was announced as one of the first signings for first-year USL club FC Cincinnati on Monday. A Galaxy spokesperson confirmed the move, as Walker was one of eight players to have their contract options declined. Walker is one of FC Cincinnati’s first 10 signings in club history.
Walker, a native of Ohio, joined the Galaxy as a second-round draft pick out of Louisville in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He played in 17 games in his four seasons with the Galaxy, starting eight of them.
FC Cincinnati is preparing for its inaugural season, which will begin in 2016.
The Timbers scored the fastest goal in MLS history to take the lead 27 seconds into the game, then scored again in the seventh minute.Columbus pulled one back in the 18th minute but never found the equalizer. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet that there’s no next game,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter told reporters. “We’re raising the trophy and we’re the best team in MLS this year.”
Retired Galaxy stars Cobi Jones and Todd Dunivant were on hand today as the club presented needy families with holiday trimmings. (Photo courtesy Herbalife Foundation).
In a holiday change of pace, the Galaxy scored enough fowls today to partner with nonprofit youth center A Place Called Home to distribute food and provide Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 Los Angeles families.