As Dan Beckerman noted, what was hardly a secret has finally become reality.
Curt Onalfo has been formally introduced as the new manager of the LA Galaxy by president Chris Klein, general manager Peter Vagenas and the aforementioned AEG President at a StubHub Center press conference.
Onalfo began at the University of Virginia under Bruce Arena, then after a professional career that included a year with the Galaxy, he became an assistant at D.C. United, eventually re-uniting with Arena as an assistant with the U.S. National Team U-23s.
After head coaching stops with the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United, Onalfo once again joined forces with Arena in LA as an assistant coach before transitioning to LA Galaxy II.
“I am extremely excited and honored to become head coach of the LA Galaxy,” said Onalfo. “From my time as a player and a coach here, I know that this is the preeminent soccer club in the United States and I look forward to leading this team going forward. We have put together a fully-realized developmental system for our players and we will continue to be aggressive in signing world-class talent in order to build the most complete roster to compete for MLS Cup titles each season. I am thankful to Dan Beckerman, Chris Klein and Peter Vagenas for this opportunity. We will begin the process of preparing for the 2017 MLS season immediately.”
“We have full confidence in Curt’s leadership, ability and dedication to lead the LA Galaxy as our next head coach,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “In addition to his experience and knowledge of Major League Soccer as both a player and a coach, Curt has an intimate understanding of the structure and culture of this club and has done a tremendous job with LA Galaxy II. We are excited for Curt to further invest in the LA Galaxy as we continue to provide him with the support and resources necessary to win MLS Cups.”