The day began with the news that Curt Onalfo had been relieved of his duties and longtime LA Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid would be taking over immediately. So suddenly in fact, the former Seattle Sounder head coach was running the morning’s training session.
Sigi Schmid’s first training session back at @StubHubCenter. pic.twitter.com/RwB9x11Uwt— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 27, 2017
LAFC fired back with a sexy announcement of their own: U.S. National team and English Premier League manager Bob Bradley was named as their first ever head coach. Finally, the Galaxy officially signed Jonathan dos Santos to cap a wild day of soccer coverage in La La Land.
Schmid won’t have much time to adjust however. As he shared on ExtraTime Radio, Sigi had to recently cancel coffee plans with Sounders players in town the day of the match as a Manhattan Beach resident. First things first: What lineup will the newly minted Galaxy manager put out?
Jonathan dos Santos won’t be eligible for Saturday’s match, and there could be some wheeling & dealin’ in the near future, so don’t expect to see the real lineup until after the All-Star Game.
MLS senior editor Matt Doyle suggested LA could put out a classic 4-4-1-1 similar to what Schmid used with Columbus.
I’m in agreement. Switching to the 4-4-1-1 simplifies the Galaxy’s game plan and places the Galaxy attacking pieces in positions where they can succeed, notably Giovani dos Santos as a second forward and Gyasi Zardes up top, who has thrived there in the past. Of course, a basic 4-4-2 with Gio and Gyasi wouldn’t hurt either.
What lineup would you like to see? Let us know.