Galaxy head coach; Dominic Kinnear to take over
6:17 PM CEST
Sigi Schmid has stepped down as LA Galaxy manager effective immediately, the MLS club confirmed on Monday.
He will be replaced by Galaxy assistant coach Dominic Kinnear.
Schmid had returned to the club in July 2017 after then-coach Curt Onalfo was sacked.
Schmid had previously been in charge of the Galaxy for five years from 1999-2004 and won the MLS Cup in 2002.
Sigi Schmid returned to the LA Galaxy last summer. Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
He has also won the MLS Coach of the Year Award twice, first in 1999 and then again in 2008 when he won the MLS Supporters’ Shield/Cup double with Columbus Crew. Schmid also won the MLS Supporters’ Shield and four U.S. Open Cups with Seattle before he was fired in July of 2016.
Kinnear was hired as Schmid’s assistant in August of last year.
The former Houston Dynamo coach, who ranks third among MLS coaches with 166 career wins, joined Schmid’s staff after parting ways with the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2017.
The Galaxy are in eighth place in the Western Conference, two spots out of a playoff berth.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) September 10, 2018
Official: Sigi Schmid resigns at LA Galaxy, Dominic Kinnear takes the reins
September 10, 201812:52PM EDT
With the LA Galaxy mired in a six-match winless stretch and on the outside of the playoff picture with six matches remaining, head coach Sigi Schmid has stepped down little over a year after taking the job, the Galaxy announced Monday. ESPN’s Taylor Twellman first reported the news on Monday morning.
Assistant Dominic Kinnear, who has more than a decade of MLS head coaching experience between Houston and San Jose, will take over on an interim basis.
Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, departs the post less than 14 months after he assumed it in late July of 2017 with the Galaxy amid a similar skid.
Since then, he has seen the arrival of international players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jonathan dos Santos and Jorgen Sjkelvik as well as well-known American MLS veterans Perry Kitchen and Chris Pontius.
But Schmid leaves with the Galaxy struggling again, three points beneath the playoff line and having played at least one match more than all but one of the six teams currently above said line.
The match was the Galaxy’s second defeat by that scoreline to the Claret-and-Cobalt in as many seasons. The previous year, the loss came at home in Curt Onalfo’s third-to-last match in charge prior to Schmid’s arrival.
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