Monday’s conference call with LA Galaxy club president Chris Klein was somewhat anti-climatic, as the big announcement of Peter Vagenas replacing Bruce Arena as the general manager was leaked a few hours beforehand.
However, we did gain some insight into the vacant head coaching position. Here’s what we learned:
-Bruce had signed a two-year extension without an out clause to manage the U.S. National Team, but Chris Klein and the organization ultimately decided not to stand in his way and terminated the contract.
-Curt Onalfo is currently the only internal candidate being considered, and the organization has spoken to Onalfo about the position
-Dave Sarachan is not a candidate
-LA will seek permission to interview other MLS head coaches within the league
-The Galaxy plan to interview at least one candidate from abroad, but would prefer a domestic manager
Chris Klein says the Galaxy are specifically building their team around Gio dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes, Sebastian Llegtet and Jelle van Damme.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) November 28, 2016
We should also note Minnesota United FC will probably name their new manager tomorrow, so there’s one less candidate to choose from.
You get the feeling LA are more or less comfortable with Curt Onalfo taking over, but would like to test the waters for the position as well. We’ll see how things progress in the coming weeks.