When the Sounders kickoff against the LA Galaxy this weekend they’ll be facing a familiar face, Sigi Schmid. The former Seattle coach is replacing Curt Onalfo, the first year boss in LA.
The #LAGalaxy have fired coach Curt Onalfo. Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid will take over, beginning with today's training session.— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) July 27, 2017
The news isn’t the most surprising as the Galaxy have massively underwhelmed with Onalfo at the helm, sitting in ninth in the West with 22 points from 20 matches. He also was responsible for the worst home record in the league going 1-6-3 for an average .6 points per home match.
Sigi’s hiring mirrors some of the circumstances from his dismissal from the Sounders. He was hired a year and a day after his departure from Rave Green. He’ll add a DP midfielder in the days after his arrival, Jonathan Dos Santos should be signing any day now. Plus, his first coaching appearance will be against Seattle, in his home stadium, on national TV which is the inverse of Schmetzer’s first game being at home against LA and on national TV.
When he coached the Galaxy the first time around, Schmid won the 2002 MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield. In his five and a half seasons with the Galaxy (1999-2004), he had a 79-53-32 (W-L-D) record.
It’s unclear what changes, if any, Sigi Schmid will make as he tries to right LA’s ship but right or wrong, the narrative will be can he repeat what Brian Schmetzer did after him in going from worst-to-first and winning the MLS Cup.