Sigi Schmid (right) and former LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena in a discussion with a referee. (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)
Sigi Schmid is in and Curt Onalfo is out as LA Galaxy coach.
The Major League Soccer club Thursday fired Onalfo, who replaced current U.S. head coach Bruce Arena this season.
The five-time MLS Cup champion Galaxy sits in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 6-10-4 mark.
A two-time MLS Cup winner from his previous time with the Galaxy and Columbus Crew SC, will coach the team against another former team, the Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center against Seattle Sounders FC Saturday.
“After a great deal of evaluation and careful consideration, we believe that Sigi Schmid is the best person to coach our team for the remainder of this season and into the future,” Galaxy president Chris Klein said. “Sigi is one of the most experienced coaches in the history of soccer in the United States and he is an extremely successful manager that has proven himself to be a winner within Major League Soccer.
“Sigi has been one of the best coaches the history of our league and we have full confidence in him to lead our team moving forward. Our goal remains to win trophies and be the best club in North America and we believe that Sigi gives us the best opportunity to achieve this. Curt Onalfo has been a loyal servant to the Galaxy and Galaxy II for a number of seasons and we wish him well.”
Schmid is the winningest-coach in MLS history with 254 wins across the regular and post season play. He has directed teams to two MLS Cups (2002, 2008), a record five Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cups (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), three MLS Supporters’ Shields (2002, 2008, 2014) and won a CONCACAF Champions Cup (2000).
He is one of two coaches in league history to guide two teams to MLS Cup titles (LA in 2002 and Columbus in 2008) and he is one of three to coach in four MLS Cup finals.
“In the city of Los Angeles and throughout North America, the LA Galaxy are the iconic standard of success and innovation within soccer,” Schmid said in a press release. “I am very proud to return to the Galaxy and I know the expectations here are to win championships each year, beginning with a sixth MLS Cup. … I will work tirelessly to again win trophies for the club, its players, our fans and the city of Los Angeles.”