Major League Soccer have announced the appointment of Ray Whitworth, one of the sports industry's most accomplished security experts, as Vice President, Operations and Security.

Whitworth, who has more than 30 years' experience in law enforcement, comes to MLS after his most recent role as Head of Team and Corporate Security for the English Football Association (The FA).

"With the growth of MLS' fan base and the popularity of supporter groups at each of our clubs, being able to add a professional of Ray's experience and stature will prove extremely valuable," said MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez.

"Integrating operations and security throughout all of our events, matches and daily course of business is a natural progression and further reflects the evolution of the League."

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