Curt Onalfo out as Galaxy coach; Sigi Schmid returns – Orange County Register

The Galaxy is turning back to a familiar face to right an unsteady ship.

The club fired current coach Curt Onalfo Thursday and hired Sigi Schmid, 64, as the club heads toward the final stretch of the Major League Soccer season.

Schmid coached the Galaxy from 1999-2004. He led the franchise to their first ever MLS Cup in 2002. He’s is a South Bay resident, having grew up in Torrance and coached at UCLA.

Including Saturday’s game against the Seattle Sounders (7 p.m.; ESPN) there are just 14 games remaining in the regular season for the Galaxy.

Onalfo was hired by the Galaxy as an assistant by Bruce Arena and served in that role from 2011-2014, before moving to the coach the Galaxy II team (2014-2016) before being promoted as Arena’s replacement after Arena returned to the U.S. Men’s National team.

This was Onalfo’s third stint as coach in Major League Soccer. He previously coached the Kansas City Wizards (2007-2009) and DC United (2010).

The first 20 games have been extremely inconsistent.

The club went 2-5-1 through the first eight games and found itself in 10th place in the Western Conference.

To Onalfo’s credit, even with injuries devastating the club’s depth, things did hit a positive stretch as the Galaxy went 4-0-3 to reach fifth place in the Western Conference.

However, since then, the club has again hit a rough patch losing five consecutive league games to fall to 6-10-4.

Schmid has been successful at every stop, including three seasons with the Columbus Crew and the Seattle Sounders (2009-2016). He led the Sounders to seven playoff appearances and four U.S. Open Cup titles before being replaced last year.

Schmid is the all-time leader in MLS history with 254 victories in regular and postseason. He has won five U.S. Open Cup (2001, 2009-2011, 2014), three Supporters’ Shields (2002, 2008, 2014) and a CONCACAF Champions Cup (2000).

Assistant coaches Daniel Gonzalez and Rob Becerra will remain with the first team. Ante Razov will remain with…

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