By BARRY LANK
El Sereno — The partnership between Major League Soccer’s newest franchise and Cal State L.A. was celebrated last week with hundreds of supporters getting a peek at the new $30 million soccer training facility for the Los Angeles Football Club.
“We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with LAFC,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino during the event. “We are joining forces to serve our communities.”
LAFC, which was founded only three years ago, trains at Cal State L.A. and plays at the new stadium in Exposition Park, where they just had a victorious home opener against the Seattle Sounders on April 29.
Construction for the two-story training facility on the northern part of the campus was paid for by the club, which also renovated Cal State LA’s stadium field.
Those who attended last week’s opening event also watched players practice, then moved on to a festival featuring music, food, raffles and giveaways.
As part of the partnership between the college and the club, Cal State students are eligible for internships with the LAFC, and kinesiology students will perform clinical practicum hours with the team in its training facility and its youth academy. A press release also notes that LAFC is helping develop a new master’s degree program in sport operations and athlete representation.
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