LA Galaxy fire Onalfo, hire Sigi Schmid
Sigi Schmid is back in the game.
On Thursday LA Galaxy announced that Curt Onalfo had been relieved of his duties “effective immediately” and that Schmid had been hired.
The former UCLA, Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders coach is back for his second-stint with the Galaxy -- he previously coached the Galaxy from 1999-2004 -- as the man with more wins than any other boss in MLS history is tasked with saving LA’s season.
Schmid has won two MLS Cups, a record five U.S. Open Cups and three MLS Supporters’ Shield over his illustrious career.
LA Galaxy President Chris Klein explained the decision to bring in the experienced coach after Onalfo’s promotion form LA Galaxy II failed to work out with the MLS giants currently languishing in ninth spot in the Western Conference.
From the start Onalfo was on a hiding to nothing with Bruce Arena departing for the U.S. national team last season and Onalfo tasked with an almighty rebuild following his great work with bringing through youngsters at LA Galaxy II.
Schmid knows the league inside out and his main aim will be to rally a talented group of Galaxy players to one of their famed second half of the season surges as they search for another MLS Cup to add to their record haul of five.
With LA in ninth spot in the West they are only three points off the bottom of the standings but are also just five points from the final playoff spot.
For so long Schmid plotted LA’s downfall as head coach of the Seattle Sounders from 2009-16, but now he’s back in LA and as fate would have it his first game back in charge of the Galaxy is against... the Sounders this Saturday at StubHub Center.