New Los Angeles MLS club hires chief operating officer Carl Schloessman


Actual news from LAFC — the working title of the expansion MLS team announced last year after the demise of Chivas USA — has been a little thin on the ground, but the franchise announced today it had hired Carl Schloessman as chief operating officer.

Schloessman has spent more than six years as executive vice president of sales and marketing with LA-based Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Concerts.

From the press release:

Schloessman will be responsible for all revenue and operations for the new Major League Soccer club, including all income generating initiatives, such as sponsorships and naming rights, as well product development, team merchandising, marketing, sales, ticket pricing and other revenue fulfillment programs.

Schloessman apparently isn’t the face of the franchise that still has no official name, colors or stadium site — no picture of him accompanied the press release — but is the first high-profile executive hired outside by its large ownership group.

Nor is he being hired for his knowledge of soccer.

“Carl is a world-class leader and expert in live entertainment and sports,” said Tom Penn, LAFC president and owner. “His extensive knowledge and experience in the Los Angeles market will be invaluable to LAFC as we near a decision on our new stadium.”

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said recently a stadium site should be announced within the next few months, although it appears USC is the favored site for the club that will begin play in 2017.

“The opportunity to build a top-tier MLS Club in Los Angeles from the ground up is unparalleled,” Schloessman said.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Video Profile: USWNT defender Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates

engen(Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer).

U.S. Soccer is releasing a series of videos profiling members of the U.S. World Cup squad called “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.”

This is the second in a series of profiles of players from Southern California featuring Whitney Engen of Rolling Hills Estates.

Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates is profiled here.

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Video Weekend Rewind: U.S. Women’s National Team Mother’s Day Surprise, Big D for LA Galaxy in Dallas

moms(Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer)

The result was not surprising, the occasion was Sunday for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in the Bay Area.

Next for the USWNT: Against Mexico 6 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson. I will have more on the game in Thursday’s weekly soccer column.

Meanwhile, a disappointing week came to a disappointing end for the Galaxy in Dallas Saturday, where they surrendered a late goal and all three points.

Coach Bruce Arena took the blame:

“We didn’t do well at the end of the game, the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility,” he said. “When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week. We could have walked away with maybe six points this week, instead we walk away with one, and that’s my responsibility. I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically right at the end of games.”

That’s a dozen road games without a win now. Robbie Keane has missed the last six games through injury, while Arena made five changes to the starting XI. Is it too early in the year to look at the MLS standings?

Next for the Galaxy: Against Orlando at 2 p.m. Sunday in Florida live on ESPN.

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EPL TV Weekend Preview: Chelsea are champs, but who be relegated and who will replace them?

Norwich City hosts Ipswich Town in the biggest East Anglian derby in years at 4 a.m. on BeIN Sports.

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LA Galaxy sign West Ham United “flop” and San Francisco native Sebastian Lletget


Sebastian Lletget, a U.S. youth international who managed all of one FA Cup appearance with England’s West Ham United signed with the LA Galaxy today as rumored for the last couple of days.

The 22-year-old midfielder cost the Galaxy $50,000 in allocation money to buy his rights from the New England Revolution; no word on whether the London club wanted to move him off the payroll as the end of the English season nears or received transfer money, too.

The Sun, one of England’s most sensational tabloids, branded Lletget “a flop” after his lone appearance for the Hammers, a 5-0 loss.

“Sebastian is a young, talented attacking player who we think can find success in our team,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said.

(Translation: Especially given the lack of creativity in the center of the park for the Galaxy so far this season).

He joined West Ham way back in 2009 and has also played for the U.S. USMNT U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.

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Video: LA Galaxy sensation Bradford Jamieson IV named to U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad

Here’s the full squad, which is quite different from the U-20 version that qualified for the tournament in New Zealand:

Goalkeepers — Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)

defenders — Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria)

midfielders — Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora) Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires,)

forwards — Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

The U.S. plays against Myanmar May 30; New Zealand June 2 and Ukraine June 5 in its group games. Camp opens Monday in Carson.

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