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Los Angeles Football Club, which joins MLS in 2018, looks to develop players at its youth academy

Los Angeles Football Club, which joins MLS in 2018, looks to develop players at its youth academy

When the owners of the Los Angeles Football Club gave John Thorrington the keys to their soccer team three months ago, he had little more than an idea and his own enthusiasm with which to work.

"There's an excitement to that," said Thorrington, an executive vice president for Major League Soccer's expansion club, which joins the league in 2018. "I just see endless possibilities with a blank slate. It's much better to do that than reboot a system that might not be exactly what you want."

This article is one in an occasional series on the founding of the LAFC franchise:

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