Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda was rumored to be a potential signing by LAFC. The former AC Milan man spent a couple of days training with the Orange County Soccer Club in the USL. OCSC is LAFC’s affiliate.
Honda signed with Club Pachuca in Mexico on a free transfer. Honda has been one of the European-based players that had been rumored to join MLS for years. He’s been linked with Seattle, the Galaxy and LAFC, just to name a few.
Mexican international Andres Guardado was announced Friday as a new member of Real Betis after spending the last three seasons with PSV of the Eredivisie.
Guardado, 30, signed a three-year contract.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Guardado was nearing a deal with Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 season. At the time, Guardado pushed back against the report while Mexico was playing in the Confederations Cup, saying that there have been offers from MLS clubs, but denied that any agreement had been set.
Guardado has already spent seven seasons in Spain, with Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Banc of California today unveiled the official logo for Banc of California Stadium, the club’s new 22,000-seat world-class soccer stadium that will bring more than $350 million in private investment to south Los Angeles and redefine the Los Angeles landscape.
The logo embraces the stadium’s distinct architecture at the Northeast entrance viewable from Figueroa Street.
The new state-of-the-art development, which will serve as a sport, entertainment, civic, and cultural landmark, will also include a district that will be active on non-game days, 365-days of the year and will feature a large public plaza, restaurants, retail and a conference and events center.
Banc of California Stadium, schedule to open in 2018, will create approximately 1,800 permanent full-time jobs, bring over $130 million in annual economic output, improve the tax base for the city.
Los Angeles Football Club announced the hiring of Will Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Soccer Operations.
Kuntz will report to General Manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington .
Kuntz was the Director of Players Relations for Major League Soccer and before that he worked 10 years in the New York Yankees organization.
“I’m excited to work with John and the entire LAFC team to build a team that will represent our city, our league and our sport,” Kuntz said. “We are already working hard to be able to field a team that will excite our fans and bring another champion to the city of Los Angeles.”
In his new role, Kuntz will work closely with the team’s executives to bring exciting and promising coaches and players to LAFC that will bring quality to the pitch and represent the community and the club’s growing fan base.
LAFC will join Major League Soccer for the 2018 season and play at the Banc of California Stadium.
The club recently partnered with The Orange County Soccer Club in USL to expand player development.
Last month, the demolition of the Sports Arena was completed and the construction of LAFC’s new Banc of California Stadium began. The stadium is a 22,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium which will bring more than $350 million in private investment to South Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Football Club and the USL’s Orange County Blues FC announced a new partnership that will expand player development and create a loan system between the two franchises.
LAFC is set to join MLS in 2018.
“We are incredibly excited about this partnership, which will contribute significantly towards our goals of building a competitive roster in 2018 and growing the game here in Southern California,” LAFC Executive VP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington. “In the OC Blues, we have a fantastic partner with an owner and staff who closely align with our vision to bring world-class professional soccer to Southern California.”
The deal will provide LAFC the ability to loan players to the Blues as soon as the 2017 season.
“We are thrilled to launch this exciting new era in Orange County soccer with our LAFC affiliation,” Orange County GM and Executive VP of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss. “This partnership will significantly enhance the quality of our first team and strengthen the bonds between the two clubs. Together we will expand opportunities for coaching education and focus on all aspects of player development.”
A Groundbreaking ceremony for the new $350 million, 22,000 soccer-specific stadium for LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23.
The stadium will be built on the site of the L.A. Sports Arena, which is soon to be demolished.
Scheduled to be in attendance are LAFC’s owners Magic Johnson, Will Farrell, Tony Robbins, Peter Gruber and Tom Penn, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Curren Price, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congresswoman Karen Bass and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
LAFC is expected to begin play in 2018.