LOS ANGELES (January 9, 2019) — Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) President
Tom Penn, who helped guide the expansion soccer franchise to monumental
success both on and off the field of play, has been selected 2018 Sports Executive of
the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council.
He will be honored at the 14th annual LA Sports Awards, to be held on Monday,
March 25 at The Beverly Hilton.
Making history in their inaugural campaign, the Club sold out all 17 of its MLS home
matches and set an all-time MLS record in points (57) for an expansion team while
finishing the season in third place in the Western Conference with a 16-9-9 record
and qualifying for the Playoffs.
In addition to launching the Club, Penn was integral in the design, build and
completion of LAFC’s $350 million dollar home in the Heart of Los Angeles, Banc of
California Stadium. The world-class, 22,000-seat stadium is the first open-air
stadium built in the City of Los Angeles since 1962, and it opened to wide acclaim as
one of the country’s premier outdoor venues.
Under Penn, LAFC and Banc of California Stadium became a true destination in L.A.
for fans, families and casual bystanders, as nearly 453,000 fans attended LAFC
matches during the first season.
The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Sports Council to celebrate the
year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
The ceremony also will feature the presentation of the Sportsman, Sportswoman,
and Coach of the Year, and a countdown of 2018’s Top Ten moments. The awards
banquet will be televised on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket (air dates TBA).
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