Major League Soccer

LAFC name Marco Antonio Garces as first ever director of football operations

Lizzy Becherano
Marco Antonio Garces joins LAFC
Marco Antonio Garces joins LAFC / Jam Media/GettyImages

LAFC has named Marco Antonio Garces as their first ever director of football operations. 

He joins the Los Angeles team after 11 years with Liga MX side Pachuca, where he served as sporting director, chief scout and director of football and sport sciences. 

“I am extremely happy with the opportunity to work with LAFC and in Major League Soccer,” Garces said in a release. “I look forward to bringing my mix of experience working with Mexican and European players of all ages to Los Angeles. From what I have already seen, I know the future is bright for LAFC, and I am eager to start helping the club achieve its ambitious goals.”

During Garces’ leadership, Pachuca won the 2016 Liga MX title, 2017 Concacaf Champions League and managed third place at the 2017 Club World Cup. 

He also supervised the record-breaking transfers of Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano and Erick Gutierrez to PSV Eindhoven and of Hector Herrera to FC Porto.

The former Mexican international player had stints in Europe, working for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

“It is incredibly exciting to add a football mind like Marco to our team,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington added. 

“His extensive experience in building arguably the most productive academy in North America at Pachuca and his expertise in scouting will add great value to LAFC.”