These coaching changes in the league just don’t stop, do they? The latest victim is Curt Onalfo at LA Galaxy, who had his team averaging a mere 1.1 points per game.
That was first reported by Los Angeles Times sportswriter Kevin Baxter.
The #LAGalaxy have fired coach Curt Onalfo. Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid will take over, beginning with today's training session.— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) July 27, 2017
He’s being replaced by a face that will be familiar to Real Salt Lake fans: Sigi Schmid, longtime coach of Seattle Sounders (2009–2016), Columbus Crew (2006–2008) and — you guessed it — LA Galaxy, from 1999 to 2004.
Onalfo is the third coach to be fired or otherwise terminated mid-season in MLS this year. RSL’s Jeff Cassar led the 2017 class on March 20, and San Jose’s Dominic Kinnear was fired on June 25.
I’ve got to say, it’s a little funny that Bruce Arena left LA Galaxy to become the U.S. Men’s National Team coach for a second spell, and that his eventual replacement at LA Galaxy was a former Galaxy coach. The coaching wheel just turns, turns, turns — and I say this with Real Salt Lake having brought in former New York Red Bulls coach Petke.
The timing is particularly interesting, also noted by Baxter.
The move comes exactly a year and a day after Schmid was fired in Seattle. The Sounders went on to win the MLS Cup under Brian Schmetzer— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) July 27, 2017
It does make you wonder if that one year, one day is simply convenient timing, or if a clause in Schmid’s release from Seattle Sounders involved some non-competition — who knows, really?
And as everyone’s noting, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders face off on national TV on Saturday. Convenient, no?
Real Salt Lake next faces LA Galaxy on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles.