Galaxy front office understands fans’ frustrations, but remains hopeful for club’s future – Press Enterprise

Galaxy front office understands fans’ frustrations, but remains hopeful for club’s future – Press Enterprise

After missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four years, the Galaxy heads into the offseason with more questions than answers.

The longtime supporters groups have voiced their displeasure throughout the season and the front office has heard it.

“As we head into what is a crucial offseason, we’re spending quite a bit of time evaluating everything,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said Wednesday. “That starts with me and certainly I hold my hand up and take responsibility, not only for the results that are not up to our standards for this year, but for the last couple of years.

“I’m spending a great deal of time evaluating myself, our decisions and I know that when we look at this, the responsibility does not fall on a coach, we all have a responsibility in this and in saying that I am confident and hopeful for our future. I’ve been with this club for 13 years and I know what it stands for.”

The Galaxy fired Guillermo Barros Schelotto with three games remaining in the regular season. Schelotto was hired before the 2019 season and led the Galaxy to the playoffs, but that was with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring 30 goals and covering up all of the club’s deficiencies.

This season, aside from a four-game winning streak (Aug. 22-Sept. 6), nothing went right for the Galaxy and now the franchise is looking for its fifth coach since Bruce Arena departed in 2016.

For the second time in three years, Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese will lead the coaching search. He said he has received “a lot of calls” from interested candidates. He said a potential candidate’s “knowledge of the league, a tie-in to the league” is something that is very valuable.

“In our evaluation process, we need to be looking at coaches that are hungry,” te Kloese said. “That have eagerness to make something out of this. I know that Los Angeles and the Galaxy is something glamorous, but people that work here and players and staff, everybody involved need to work here for the right reason. This is something that we need to show much more ambition than we’ve showed in the last year.

“One of the important things is we have to take a look at our club. We need to be careful and do our due diligence to make the right decision.”

Major League Soccer has floated the idea of a later start for 2021, with the season starting in April and the international calendar is as crowded as it ever will be with World Cup qualifiers, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Olympics and European Championships, which would require the Galaxy to find a way to balance out a roster that has lacked depth over the previous years.”

“We need to make sure we’re not left with a hole when every FIFA date comes along, so we can compete and we need to compete,” he said.