Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Wikimedia Commons

The Los Angeles Galaxy introduced Curt Onalfo as the team’s new coach Tuesday, replacing Bruce Arena, who was appointed in November to be the U.S. men’s national team coach.

Onalfo, 47, has spent the past two seasons as the coach of LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy’s US PRO affiliate. He also spent two seasons as a Galaxy assistant coach.

Onalfo also coached Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United and was an assistant coach with D.C. United and the U.S. men’s national team.

Onalfo played four seasons in MLS, including 13 games with the Galaxy during their inaugural 1996 season.

“I am extremely excited and honored to become head coach of the L.A. Galaxy,” Onalfo said. “From my time as a player and a coach here, I know that this is the preeminent soccer club in the United States and I look forward to leading this team going forward. We have put together a fully realized development system for our players and we will continue to be aggressive in signing world-class talent in order to build the most complete roster to compete for MLS Cup titles each season.”

Onalfo inherits a team that finished third in MLS’ 10-team Western Conference and was eliminated by the Colorado Rapids in the conference semifinals.

Following the season, forward Robbie Keane, second on the team with 10 goals, and midfielder Steven Gerrard, second with 11 assists, both announced they would not return to the team, while forward Landon Donovan announced he was ending his brief comeback.

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