LOS ANGELES – In an announcement that was not unexpected, the LA Galaxy Tuesday said it has named Greg Vanney as head coach.
Vanney, 46, began his professional career as a player with the Galaxy and returns as the head man after a six-year stint as Toronto FC’s manager in which he became the only coach to capture an MLS treble by winning MLS Cup, the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship during the 2017 season.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach the LA Galaxy,” Vanney said in a statement. “The LA Galaxy are an iconic club with a rich history in Los Angeles, MLS and North American soccer over the last 25 years. I want to thank Dennis te Kloese, Chris Klein, Dan Beckerman and Mr. Anschutz for the opportunity to coach this team and represent a club so close to my heart. I am committed to working tirelessly for this club, our fans and Los Angeles to win a championship. I look forward to this new challenge in my career and am eager to get started.”
Vanney’s coaching staff at the LA Galaxy will be named at a later date.
He down as Toronto FC manager following the 2020 season as the most successful and longest-tenured coach in Toronto FC’s history with every major club record. That includes total wins (112) and games coached (250). Vanney recorded an 87-68-48 regular season record and a 10-5-2 MLS postseason mark while being named MLS coach of the year and Concacaf coach of the year in 2017.
As Toronto FC’s coach, the former Galaxy defender helped lead his side to the MLS Cup Playoffs in five of the previous six seasons (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), while making appearances in three MLS Cup Finals (2016, 2017, 2019) and the Concacaf Champions League Final (2018). He also helped his side capture three straight Canadian Championships (2016, 2017, 2018).
“Greg is a part of the history of the LA Galaxy and we are confident that he is the right person to lead our team moving forward,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “He has deep knowledge of this club and Major League Soccer as a player and a coach and has proven to be a consistent winner with a championship pedigree. His accolades as Toronto FC’s manager are evidence of his ability to create and sustain success in our league. We look forward to working with Greg to continue to build a team that will compete for trophies.”