CARSON, CA (December 13, 2016) – After all the waiting and rumor hoopla, the wait is finally over. The LA Galaxy have appointed Curt Larson as Head Coach of the senior team after coaching LA Galaxy II the past two seasons.
LA Galaxy Appoint Curt Onalfo As Head Coach
Onalfo played for the Galaxy in their inaugural 2016 season. He played throughout MLS until retiring from playing in 1999. Onalfo has ties to Bruce Arena as early as 2000 when he served as an assistant for him at D.C. United.
The 47-year-old has been with the organization as a coach since 2011. He was an assistant under Arena for the senior team until 2014. He has coached Los Dos the past two seasons. The USL affiliate went 15-6-7 last season and made it to USL Cup in 2015.
Onalfo has has MLS head coaching experience with Sporting KC (at the time, they were still called the Kansas City Wizards) and D.C. United. He has not been a head coach at the MLS level since 2010. He amassed a 27-29-22 record in Kansas City.
Club President Chris Klein spoke to Onalfo’s familiarity with the club in deciding to hire him: “We have full confidence in Curt’s leadership, ability and dedication to lead the LA Galaxy as our next head coach.”
“In addition to his experience and knowledge of Major League Soccer as both a player and a coach, Curt has an intimate understanding of the structure and culture of this club and has done a tremendous job with LA Galaxy II. We are excited for Curt to further invest in the LA Galaxy as we continue to provide him with the support and resources necessary to win MLS Cups.”
Onalfo might not be the expensive or the sexy pick for head coach. But he was the best one for continuity. He appears to be in good position to fuel a youth movement to the LA Galaxy.