A source has confirmed to ESPN that former Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio is among the candidates LAFC plans to interview for its vacant coaching position.
The role opened on November 18, when the club mutually parted ways with Bob Bradley after four seasons. Bradley has since been appointed head coach and sporting director at Toronto FC.
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Among the other candidates LAFC expects to interview is Las Vegas Lights coach Steve Chirondolo and LAFC assistant coach Ante Razov, a source told ESPN.
The job has also generated a lot of interest abroad and it is expected that many candidates will be considered.
Osorio managed Mexico from 2015-2018, and led the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where tripartite He was eliminated from the group stage, including a win over Germany, before losing 2-0 to Brazil in the round of 16.
He later managed Paraguay (2018-19) shortly before at Athletic Nacional in Colombia and is currently the manager of Club América de Cali in Colombia as well.
Osorio coached LAFC General Manager John Thorington in 2007, during a short stint with the Chicago Fire, and coached the New York Red Bulls in 2008 and 2009.
Chirondolo, the former United States international, spent the 2021 season training Las Vegas for the CONMEBOL Championship. The club has a partnership with LAFC which sees teams train together in Los Angeles. Razov has worked with LAFC as an assistant since the club’s first season in 2018.
LAFC also announced that it will select club options with striker Carlos Vela, midfielders Edward Atoista and Bryce Duke, striker Daniel Mosovsky and defender Sebastian Ibiga.
Villa’s contract keeps him in control of the club until the summer transfer window, according to a league source.
He could potentially move in the January window, extend his contract with LAFC under friendlier terms with the team or play until the end of his deal.