It took a while, but Los Angeles Galaxy finally have a new head coach following the departure of Bruce Arena who joined the USMNT ahead of the 2018 World Cup Qualifers.
There were several candidates, but the Galaxy found Arena's replacement in-house as former LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo has been officially announced as the franchise's new coach for the 2017 MLS season.
The 47-year-old has been named the eighth head coach in team's history after spending the past three years with Galaxy II, a period where several players (
Onalfo's arrival marks the end of the team's search of a head coach. Despite having lots of interesting candidates,
“When we made the decision to do this and have a search and not just hire our reserve team coach, we wanted to exhaust all our options, and we did that,” Klein said on Tuesday. “For Pete and I after speaking with Dan [Beckerman] and Phil [Anschutz], we kept coming back to Curt. He was the obvious and the best choice. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Now it remains to be seen if Onalfo is the right man to take Galaxy to the next level. But based on what he did with Galaxy II, he's more than capable of making the jump to MLS.