On January 2, 2019 it was announced that Guillermo Barros Schelotto would be the new coach of LA Galaxy. Just shortly before this announcement Major League Soccer 2019: Everything You Need to Know About the Teams was finished and on route to printing. The following is the updated information regarding LA Galaxy’s recent coaching change.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto: A Brief Coaching Portrait
Guillermo Barros Schelotto took on the coaching job in LA shortly before the 2019 MLS season began.* In fact, a bit of musical chairs had been played in the coaching department.
Sigi Schmid—who began coaching LA Galaxy in 2018—has an interesting backstory. He was born in West Germany and eventually played at UCLA. He was later coach of UCLA, and from there he ended up coaching the U20 United States national team, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, and Seattle Sounders. He originally coached LA Galaxy from 1999-2004, returning to the Galaxy again from 2017-2018 only to be replaced by Dominic Kinnear in 2018. Schmid was extremely successful throughout his years coaching. Unfortunately he died in December of 2018.
Prior to his coaching career, Kinnear was a very talented player that took the field with a number of teams, including the Colorado Rapids, San Jose Clash, and Tampa Bay Mutiny toward the end of his career; he also acquired over 50 caps with the USMNT.
Coach Kinnear had previously coached the Earthquakes and Dynamo. Most recently, he transitioned in 2018 from the role of assistant coach with the Galaxy to running the show.
Though his time was up and he was replaced by Guillermo Barros Schelotto who led LA Galaxy in its season opener in 2019, a win at home no less against Chicago Fire.
Schelotto—born in 1973 in Argentina—played as an attacking player for a few clubs, including Boca Juniors and Columbus Crew; he also represented Argentina for a handful of games. Despite having Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Emmanuel Boateng, and Jonathan dos Santos at his disposal, the Galaxy are in a “proving year” and definitely want to make up for last year’s disappointing end to the season which didn’t amount to a playoff appearance. A rarity for the Galaxy.
Last season an Argentine did wonders for Atlanta United and won the MLS Cup, and the Galaxy are hoping Schelotto can pull off some similar magic for a club eager to find its way back to the top.
While he’s figuring this all out, don’t be surprised to see a 4-2-3-1 come game time.
* Tom Bogert, “LA Galaxy name Guillermo Barros Schelotto new head coach,” MLS website, published January 2, 2019, accessed March 3, 2019, https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/01/02/official-la-galaxy-name-guillermo-barros-schelotto-new-head-coach