With the public knowledge that Dennis te Kloese was not only been spotted at the StubHub Center recently but has been working behind the scenes for weeks, today’s official announcement was more of a “Finally!” moment than anything else.
I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the LA Galaxy and look forward to strengthening all soccer operations within this club,” te Kloese echoed in a statement. “The LA Galaxy and its supporters expect to compete for championships year-in and year-out. I am fully committed to putting together a team capable of competing at the highest level. That work begins immediately and will encompass a wide range of responsibilities, from developing competitive edges in our scouting, recruiting and player development to establishing our youth initiatives and further establishing our Academy.
In his General Manager role, te Kloese will be responsible for any player acquisition and scouting, managing the coaching staff, technical staff and youth development programs in addition to operating the soccer operations budget and team salary cap. He will oversee Technical Director Jovan Kirovski and Director of Player Personnel Kurt Schmid.
Dennis Te Kloese is the new @LAGalaxy GM. FMF tried to upgrade his contract, but Dennis wanted a new challenge.— Eric Gomez (@EricGomez86) December 11, 2018
Ironically, I'd say Dos Santos brothers are on the outside looking in with this hire.
Initial Impressions of Dennis te Kloese from his conference call today:#LAGalaxy picked wisely. He’s a guy who will have his eye on the entire organization from Academy to Senior team.— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) December 11, 2018
He’s the organizer they need.
Seems especially focused on Youth Development and Scouting.
Dennis te Kloese on Efrain Alvarez: Needs to get fair opportunity and also needs to be challenged with more competition. His success is important to show other young players what's possible. Notes there will be lots of conflicts (U17 qualifying & finals) in 2018.— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) December 11, 2018