The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) today announced the Club’s technical staff for its 2018 inaugural season. Mike Sorber will serve as LAFC’s Director of Soccer Operations, and Ante Razov, Marc Dos Santos, Kenny Arena and Zak Abdel (Goalkeeper Coach) join head coach Bob Bradley’s staff as assistant coaches.
“From the outset, we have been intentional and focused on bringing in a talented, ambitious staff to achieve our aspirations as a club,” LAFC Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington said. “The process with the technical staff started with Bob and now continues with this fantastic group of coaches.”
LAFC’s technical staff features coaches with international and MLS experience, including three former MLS players (Sorber, Razov, Arena) and the two-time NASL Manager of the Year, Marc Dos Santos.
“We have assembled an experienced and talented coaching staff for our inaugural season,” Bradley said. “This group will help develop a winning environment for us from the start and I’m excited to get started on January 22.”
Sorber comes to LAFC from the Philadelphia Union where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons. The former U.S. National Team player and MLS stand-out was the first American to be named a Mexican League All-Star with UNAM Pumas in 1995. Sorber previously worked with Bradley as an assistant with the U.S. Men’s National Team between 2007-2011. Other coaching stints include a stop with his alma mater, Saint Louis University (2001-2007) and the Montreal Impact (2011-2013). As a player, Sorber spent time in MLS with Kansas City, MetroStars and the Chicago Fire and was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
Razov spent time as an assistant coach with the L.A. Galaxy last season after serving as an assistant with the Seattle Sounders FC from 2015-2016. A 14-year MLS veteran, Razov was a crucial member of Bradley’s 1998 Chicago Fire MLS Cup team and owns three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (1998, 2000 and 2003). Bradley also coached Razov with the MetroStars and Chivas USA in 2006. He was a member of the MLS Best XI in 2003 and ranks fifth all-time in MLS scoring with 114 goals. A Southern California native, Razov earned 25 caps and scored six goals for the U.S. National Team.
Dos Santos comes to LAFC with over 11 years of coaching and managerial experience. The North America Soccer League (NASL) Manager of the Year in 2015 and 2017, Dos Santos led the San Francisco Deltas to the 2017 NASL Championship. The Montreal native has had success at multiple coaching stops in Canada including the Trois-Rivieres Attak FC (2007-08), the Montreal Impact (2009-2011) and Ottawa Fury FC (2014). He led the Impact to the inaugural Canadian Championship, the Voyageurs Cup and a berth in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League, as well as the USL First Division title in 2009. Dos Santos has also coached FC Primeira Camisa (U-20’s) and SE Palmeiras (U-15’s) in Brazil and was the first manager of the USL’s Swope Park Rangers.
Arena joins LAFC from the U.S. Men’s National Team where he spent the past year as an assistant coach. He reunites with Bradley after his brief stint playing with the Metro Stars in 2003. Prior to his time with the National Team, Arena spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the LA Galaxy (2014-2016). He has extensive experience in the NCAA, serving as the head coach of Florida International University Men’s team in 2012 and as an assistant at UCLA under Jorge Salcedo and George Mason University. As a player, he was originally drafted by the MetroStars in the fourth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and spent three seasons in MLS before beginning his coaching career.
Abdel brings over 16 years of coaching experience to LAFC, including time as a goalkeeper coach with the Canadian National Team (2017), Egyptian National Team (2011-2013), USMNT (2008-2011), Chivas USA (2006-2007), US Under-20’s (2005) and the L.A. Galaxy (1998-2004). Abdel has been a consistent member of Bradley’s coaching staff since 2006. A native of Mehalla, Egypt, Abdel began his coaching career in Southern California, serving as head coach for the L.A. Salsa (1994), Cal State Fullerton (1996-1997), Orange County Zodiac and Orange County Blue Stars (1997). Abdel enjoyed a 16-year professional career playing for Mehalla of the Egyptian First Division, winning two championships. He was also a member of the Egyptian Youth National Team program.