Schmid hired as LA Galaxy coach after Onalfo dismissal

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Galaxy has sacked Clint Onalfo, who took over as head coach for the 2017 season, and has replaced him with Sigi Schmid, the two-time MLS Cup victor who has an MLS record 254 career regular-season and playoff wins.

Schmid is thrilled to return to Los Angeles.

Onalfo went 6-10-4 after being promoted from their developmental squad when longtime Galaxy coach Bruce Arena went to the USA national team.

He is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year and has won two MLS Cup titles while also being the winningest coach in league history with 254 career victories.

The Galaxy said the hiring was an interim move and that they would discuss Schmid's future with the team following the season.

Schmid has an established and legendary track record in the MLS. "I am very proud to return to the Galaxy and I know the expectations here are to win championships each year, beginning with a sixth MLS Cup".

Schmid's first game in charge will be at home against the Sounders this Saturday. He won his second with the Columbus Crew in 2008, in his last year of a three-year tenure in Columbus before taking the helm of the expansion Seattle Sounders in 2009. From 1999-2004, Schmid led the LA Galaxy to four major trophies: the 2002 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

Goalkeeper coach Daniel Gonzalez and Assistant Coach Rob Becerra will remain on the first-team coaching staff. Ante Razov will remain with the club in another role.

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