Former Huddersfield Town midfielder John Thorrington is set to play a leading role in preparing new club Los Angeles for their entry in Major League soccer in 2018.

And he says his part in the talks which followed Town going into administration in 2003 sparked his interest in the business side of the game.

The 36-year-old, who was with Town between August 2001 and March 2004, has been appointed executive vice president for soccer operations by Los Angeles FC.

He is tasked with putting together a squad for a club part-owned by Cardiff City’s Vincent Tan who plan to build a new 22,000-plus seater stadium in the city.

While born in South Africa, Thorrington was raised in Southern California and joined Manchester United’s youth system before signing for Bayer Leverkusen in 1999.

Lou Macari brought him to Town, where as well as making 73 appearances (seven goals) and winning a USA cap (against Ecuador in 2001), he was the club’s union representative.

That led to his involvement in the negotiations which followed administration, which he says “piqued an interest in me of this intersection of business and sports.”

Thorrington, who ended his career in England with a brief spell at Grimsby Town, played MLS football for Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps and DC United.

He than had spell with the US players’ union, earning himself a good reputation within MLS administration circles and attracting Los Angeles.

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“We want to be world class in everything we do. He is, in our opinion, a world-class executive,” said club president Tom Penn.

Thorrington joined Vancouver ahead of their MLS entry and explained: “I know how difficult it is as an expansion team. I lived it, I was part of one.

“That’s what makes this foundational period all the more important. We are going to start from the bottom and build up.

“It’s going to be a creative team, a dynamic team, an ambitious team, but it will be underpinned by substance and play with controlled aggression.

“If you see the foundation right, it makes your job easier. And so that is my focus.”

Los Angeles FC are among a quartet of new clubs who will boost MLS membership to 24 clubs.