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He began his professional career playing for Germany's Bayer Leverkusen in 1999.
Thorrington attended the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. Thorrington was the CIF-SS Division V Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997. After his junior year of high school and while playing for the Pateadores, Thorrington was spotted by an Englishman, Steve Kelly, who had connections to Manchester United, and Kelly got Thorrington a trial at Manchester United. At the age of 17, Thorrington signed with Manchester United in 1997. Later, he moved to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. After his time in Germany, he spent a short spell on trial with Bolton Wanderers in the 2000–2001 season.
After gaining his U.S. citizenship in January 1999, Thorrington played in nine games for the U.S. U-20 men's team. He was a member of the U.S. U-20 squad that advanced to the second round of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria. Thorrington made his U.S. U-20 international debut in a 1-0 victory over Denmark on January 24, 1999. He scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw with Morocco on October 3, 1999.
Thorrington played in four matches for the U.S. Under-23 men's national team in 2000, including three of the U-23's four matches (two starts) in the 2000 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania, helping the squad advance to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. His first goal for the U-23s was in a 3-0 victory over Honduras on April 21, 2000, in the opening round of the 2000 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He was unable to participate in the 2000 Olympics after suffering a hamstring injury leading up to the tournament.
After failing to make a first-team appearance with Manchester United and Leverkusen, Thorrington signed with Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2001 on a free transfer. Huddersfield had recently suffered relegation to the third tier of English soccer and were managed by former Manchester United player Lou Macari. Macari handed Thorrington his full professional debut on August 11, 2001 in a 1-0 league victory over A.F.C. Bournemouth. He scored his first Town goal September 2, 2001 in a 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers. At the end of a promising first season, he developed a hamstring injury, which led to chronic leg troubles. Thorrington said that he considers his debut with Huddersfield Town as one of his favorite moments professionally along with his debuts with the U.S. National Team and the Chicago Fire. Thorrington made 97 appearances and scored seven times during a three-year spell with the Yorkshire club. During the 2002–2003 season, Huddersfield were yet again relegated to the Third Division.
He made his debut coming on for Steve Cherundolo in the 71st minute of a 0-0 draw versus Ecuador on June 7, 2001.
On transfer deadline day in March 2004, Thorrington signed with Grimsby Town on a free transfer until the end of the season. He was brought to the club by Town's newly appointed manager Nicky Law along with veterans Alan Fettis and Paul Warhurst. He made his Mariners debut on March 13, 2004 in a 1-1 draw with A.F.C. Bournemouth. Thorrington would only manage two other appearances for Grimsby and missed the end of the season due to ongoing injury woes. Grimsby suffered relegation at the end of the 2003–2004 season, and with Law dismissed as manager at the end of the season, Thorrington's contract was not renewed.
Thorrington returned to the States and signed with MLS side Chicago Fire in early 2005, but injury problems continued. In mid-2006, during the team's inaugural training session in its new stadium, Thorrington suffered a knee injury. The following season, Thorrington scored his first goal of the campaign on October 21, 2007, netting a stoppage-time strike for the Chicago Fire against the Los Angeles Galaxy that helped send the fire into the MLS Cup playoffs. From that point on, Thorrington formed an integral part of the Chicago midfield. In 2008, he scored five goals and had two assists. Although normally a winger, he played defensive midfield and attacking midfield in the 2009 season due to the absences of Logan Pause and Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
His second cap came seven years later in early-round CONCACAF World Cup qualifying when he came on as a substitute against Barbados on June 22, 2008, with his third cap (and first start) against Guatemala in the last game of the semi-final round. His fourth came in a friendly against Sweden.
In addition to playing four times for the U.S. national team, he was called up to multiple national team camps, including one in January 2009 and another before the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, he failed to make another matchday roster.
Thorrington was left exposed by Chicago for the November 2010 MLS Expansion Draft and was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Thorrington injured his right leg and had to undergo surgery early during the 2011 season. After spending 2011 with Vancouver, the club re-signed him for the 2012 season on December 5, 2011.
When Thorrington had his 2013 contract option declined by Vancouver, he elected to participate in the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft. On December 14, 2012, he was selected by D.C. United in stage two of the draft. Thorrington signed with D.C. on January 21, 2013.
After retiring from football, Thorrington served as special assistant to MLS Players' Union executive director Bob Foose and received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named LAFC's first EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager on December 8, 2015. He presided over 'the best regular-season team in MLS history', as LAFC broke the league record for points with 72, equaled the single-season best with 85 goals and outscored opponents by 48.
Currently, John Thorrington is 42 years, 11 months and 11 days old. John Thorrington will celebrate 43rd birthday on a Monday 17th of October 2022.
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