​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 (Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Ari Lassiter, and Clement Diop) went through the USL to become part of the MLS side.


Onalfo is already looking forward to start.


“I have so much to prove. My motivation is that I don’t think there is a person more motivated [than me],” Onalfo said. “I know what it is like to have things taken from you. I know what it means to be coach of this team, and I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m running with it.”


Onalfo's arrival marks the end of the team's search of a head coach. Despite having lots of interesting candidates, club president Chris Klein and new general manager Pete Vagenas always went back to Onalfo who also happened to have Arena's seal of approval for the position.


“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.