The LA Galaxy announced early Thursday 10/29 afternoon that head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been relieved of his coaching duties with the club.
This also includes his twin brother who was an assistant, along with a few other members of the coaching staff. Dominic Kinnear, who also served as an assistant will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season until the organization can find a replacement.
For Galaxy supporters, it was only a matter of time.
The club is currently having its worst season in franchise history, as their record stands at 5-11-3 for 2020, with a negative goal differential at -17 which is second-worst in the West.
They have only won one game in their past ten matches. With this, there seems to be a lot of turmoil within the club as they have looked for answers but have not been able to find them. The firing of the coach seems to be the start of what is hoped to be an eventual 180-degree turnaround for LA.
Rumors have surfaced with a couple of names that could potentially find themselves coaching the five-time MLS cup champions. Irish legend and former Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has been named as a strong possibility to coach the club. His recent coaching experience includes a stint as an assistant for English club Middlesbrough for the 2019-2020 season.
Keane won 3 MLS cups with LA and managed to notch 83 goals during his tenure from 2011-2016. Another name that has been recently circulating is the former Mexican National Team coach Javier “Vasco” Aguirre. He has a wealth of coaching experience ranging from Spanish clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Osasuna, other national teams such as Japan and Egypt, and more recently the head coach of second division Spanish side Leganes.
Will any of these names fill in the role that the team so desperately needs?
It may be too soon to tell. We will find out more information in the coming weeks.
Inconsistency and turmoil have defined the entire 2020 LA Galaxy campaign and with three games left in the season, it appears that the playoffs may have to wait until 2021.
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