It was a shock to many Galaxy fans when Curt Onalfo was abruptly let go and replaced by Sigi Schmid yesterday morning. The former head coach just released a statement on social media, independent of the team.
“The first half of the 2017 season was filled with tremendous adversity.
Significant injuries to 7 key LA Galaxy starters Sebastian Lletget, Jermaine Jones, Robbie Rogers, Baggio Husidic, Gyasi Zardes, Bryan Rowe and Daniel Steres all missed a minimum of 10 games each during the first half of the season.
Additionally, National team call ups for Gio Dos Santos (Confederations Cup, missed 7 games) and Gyasi Zardes (Gold Cup) led to more missed games.
Being so depleted makes it very difficult to attain consistent results in a competitive league like MLS.
During all of this adversity, I never made excuses, did our best to compete daily and tried to handle myself with dignity and class under tremendous and sometimes very unfair scrutiny.
I thought I had the support of management.
Despite all of these setbacks, I still managed to achieve the best road record in MLS and positioned the team to be just a few points out of playoff contention. I had planned to use the second half of the season with finally a healthier roster and a new DP to push for the playoffs and make a run toward a championship at the end.
Needless to say, I'm very disappointed to not have been given that opportunity.
While I'm adamantly opposed to the organization's decision, I wish nothing but the best for the LA Galaxy club that I love and have bled for as a player in 1996 and as a coach and developer of talent from January 2011 to July 27, 2017.
"The true character of people is revealed in times of adversity"
It’s hard not to feel for Curt, who was given a young, lopsided roster many would argue wasn’t competitive enough, rash with injuries, suspensions, call-ups and everything in between, then given the boot right when reinforcements arrive.
What do you think?