Curt Onalfo the favorite to replace Bruce Arena as LA Galaxy manager

Tuesday December 6th, 2016

Curt Onalfo is the favorite to be named the next manager of the LA Galaxy.

Onalfo, who previously coached Kansas City and D.C. United, has been on LA’s staff since 2011, working under Bruce Arena, who left the club to take the helm of the U.S. men's national team. In his two stints as an MLS manager, Onalfo was 30-41-25 (27-29-22 with Kansas City, 3-12-3 with D.C.), making the playoffs twice with Kansas City. The 47-year-old Onalfo, who also has experience as a U.S. assistant in Arena's first stint with the national team, has been the manager of the Galaxy II USL team for the past three seasons. He has found success to the tune of a 41-20-25 league record and three playoff berths, including a runner-up campaign in 2015. His familiarity and experience with the up-and-coming Galaxy players play into his favor.

Multiple sources close to the Galaxy also say that owner AEG is demanding that the club edge closer to profitability. A Galaxy official denied they’re in cost-cutting mode but acknowledged that LA is undergoing a shift in philosophy. In other words, don’t look for more end-of-career signings like Steven Gerrard from newly minted GM Peter Vagenas and club president Chris Klein.

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