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Peter Vagenas demoted, Sigi Schmid takes over GM duties

Vagenas resumes role as VP of soccer operations

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Days after finishing dead last in the league, the long-rumored front office shake up at the StubHub Center has begun.

This morning, the LA Galaxy announced general manager Peter Vagenas has been relieved of his position. Sigi Schmid will now oversee player personnel duties, while Vagenas continues his role as Vice President of Soccer Operations.

“The results this season did not meet the standard and expectations of this club, our fans and this city,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Sigi has a proven track record building championship-caliber teams in MLS. He understands this league, its players and its structure as well as anyone in soccer and we have full confidence in him as we enter this offseason to strengthen our roster ahead of 2018. Pete has been an important member for this club on and off the field and will continue to play a part in our club as the Vice President of Soccer Operations.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to build the LA Galaxy roster into one that is capable of competing for championships,” Schmid said in a statement. “The Galaxy continue to have tremendous support from Dan Beckerman, Mr. Anschutz and AEG in every aspect of operations and I look forward to further aligning and improving the LA Galaxy, Galaxy II and our Academy. This offseason is vital as we look ahead to the coming season and we will begin the efforts necessary to strengthen our roster immediately.”