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Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

The last time John Thorrington put together a soccer team, he was choosing sides with some junior high school friends in a Palos Verdes schoolyard. So in his current job as executive vice president of soccer operations for the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, he’s not shy about asking for help.

“My advice is that you have to try some different things,” Darren Eales, a former executive director at England’s Tottenham Hotspur, told Thorrington over dinner last week. “You’ve got to look for every edge you can.”

Thorrington plans to follow Eales’ advice, as well as his example. As president of Atlanta United, an MLS expansion franchise that begins play in March, a year...

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