Galaxy fires Lalas, Ruud Gullit resigns

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In a stunning, though not completely surprising turn of events at the Los Angeles Galaxy, both Ruud Gullit head coach and team president Alexi Lalas are looking for new jobs.

The Galaxy fired Lalas on Monday, the same day Gullit resigned as head coach. Tom Payne takes over as the Galaxy’s president while long-time Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones takes over as interim head coach in the midst of his first season as an assistant after retiring last season.

A seven-match winless streak provided the final straw for Galaxy ownership, which saw one of the league’s most high-profile clubs fall in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.

When I asked the question a week ago about whose head would roll in Los Angeles, I imagined a scenario that might see both men leave the Galaxy, but to see LA actually set these events in motion this quickly shows that AEG was as angry with the situation as rumors were suggesting.

I questioned Gullit’s hiring from the door, remembering all the high-profile coaches who struggled and eventually failed in MLS.

As for Lalas, it appears the third time was the charm for a man who’d struggled at running three different clubs (San Jose, New York and Los Angeles). Ever the showman, Lalas had the charisma, charm and soccer-playing resume to be a leader, but his actually leadership of teams proved detrimental everywhere he went. Anschutz Entertainment Group gave Lalas every one of his opportunities, but finally cut ties after several failed experiments.

What do you think of the news? Shocked? Happy? Sad? Think it’s about time?

Share your thoughts below.

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108 Responses to Galaxy fires Lalas, Ruud Gullit resigns

  1. Peruco83 says:

    What?!?! Ruud should have stayed.

  2. gas huffer says:

    Good riddance to Lalas.

  3. Igor says:

    Frankly, I’m excited for Cobi Jones as interim coach.

  4. Anthony says:

    It does surprise me how Lalas never seemed to understand how to build a team.

  5. Rocco says:

    Does this mean the circus is ending?

  6. THE Nick says:

    Does this mean Lalas will now move into the media, where I feel he is more suited to promote this great game of ours in this ignorant country?

  7. sublicon says:

    OHH SNAP!

  8. Seisco says:

    WOW. Lalas was pretty terrible as a GM but Gullit was doing a very good job with the talent he had this year. It’s a shame to see such a quality coach most likely leave MLS.

  9. Roblar says:

    So next up….

    Cobi Jones as coach, Eric Wynalda as GM?

    ;)

  10. Sandro says:

    I think Ruud should have stayed as coach of the team. I wonder what Beckham has to say about all this mess.

  11. Mark says:

    Wow…

  12. Rusty says:

    Lalas sucks. Hopefully we never see him again. If he starts commentating, that would be the worst.

  13. Sandro says:

    I also wonder what Frank Yallop’s reaction is today.

  14. Garrett says:

    Honestly though… he did about as bad of a job as Dooley had been doing in SJ until recently. His problems were just magnified by the stage he plays on.

    I cannot stand the guy, but I think he was a puppet for the execs in many regards. Vanney/Xavier were atrocious and he could’ve easily found some bargains, but chose to avoid them. At least they drafted Franklin, picked up Gibbs, still have G’Balls, LD, and the Buddle acquisition finally paid off.

    Lose Vagenas and find some cheaper USL-1/Central American talent.

  15. rhybread says:

    Now we only have to get rid of Beckham and Landon and all will be right with LA again.

  16. guillermo says:

    The “jewel” has lost some lustre today.

  17. HomeyBoehme says:

    Alexi Lalas = Isaiah Thomas. I have no idea how either of them continue to find work.

    @THE Nick – I don’t see Lalas any less pompous or arrogant than Wynalda, so I’m not sure the media is a good idea.

    Unemployment is probably the best job for Alexi.

  18. hoyanick says:

    How long until Gullit starts criticizing MLS?

  19. United fury says:

    Off topic, but I am just amazed at how much disrespect Peter Vagenas gets from the fans. The guy has served your team for 8 years! Give the guy a break.

    I got to wonder if Bruce Arena is in the cards now

  20. Tom says:

    Happy Monday! Lalas to DC could only make it better.

  21. Reid says:

    i can’t wait to get a good laugh when the next club picks up lalas as their gm, I’m having a hard time thinking of who would be that stupid, but there has got to be one team out there.

  22. Randy says:

    Now, if we can Landon to the Prem, everything will be perfect.

  23. TCompton says:

    Wow!

    Now all that needs to happen is for Donovan to go to Europe, and Beckham to “retire.”

    Then the Galaxy will have completely imploded!!!

  24. Sin2R says:

    Cobi will turn the ship around and be the Coach for years to come. If anyone bleeds LAG, its Cobi. I love that guy, and I hate LAG.

    Cobi, good luck, and I hope you make it perminant.

    BTW- Ruud will definately be rude about MLS and the Galaxy.

  25. Joamiq says:

    Will Lalas ever get another GM position in MLS? For the hope of US soccer, I hope not.

  26. rocky says:

    not a surprise here, cant wait to see who they bring in now

  27. Josh says:

    I don’t think its a shock that Gullit is gone, he seems to have found MLS confusing on several fronts. You read about him questioning the draft, reserve league and the hoops you have to jump through to sign players, and it seems only a matter of time before he bailed. What confuses me is why he took the job in the first place if he had issue with these things? Did he not do any type of research to understand what he was getting himself into? I doubt LA will be crying over his departure, especially if they can get out from under his contract. It just seemed to be such an odd fit in the first place. So the question is does AEG continue to attempt to make a splash and hire another “big” name, or go with someone who already has a grasp on the league. If its the former, who from Beckhams past is available? If its the latter, I would like to see Paul Mariner given a shot, if for no other reason than to weaken NE.

  28. Betinho says:

    Good luck to Cobi!

  29. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Truly amazed that Lalas lasted that long.

    I really hope noone else hires his ass.

  30. bgnewf says:

    Let the fire sale begin! I guarantee you Galaxy will clear the decks and try and get out from under some of the dead weight they are carrying.

    Ruiz??? Gone…..Colorado or TFC

    Landycakes??? Gone to Europe I pray

    And a lot of the dreck they call a defense needs to get shown the door.

  31. CACuzcatlan says:

    Finally!!!!! Us Galaxy fans (and all MLS fans) can sleep a little easier knowing that Lalas is no longer a threat to our team(s).

  32. kpugs says:

    I’m definitely not shocked, but I’m not really happy. I’d much rather see L.A. subjected to the same rules as all other MLS clubs than see this happen (not that it’s my choice).

    In a way I am glad, in that even with MLS doing its best to hand them a championship they still can’t cut it. Now the only thing I’m worried about is the league re-allocating the best player from each other team to the Galaxy.

  33. Tim F. says:

    I guess Ruud Gullit’s decision was made a while back with his house up for sale (his tenor has been so brief that it is difficult to evaluate). The players seemed to be supportive of him.

    As for Alexi Lalas, I hope he finds some position within soccer in the US promoting the support in some capacity. Good luck Alexi!!!

  34. LAG says:

    Galaxy have been in Groundhog Day since 2004. However, I actually think these moves give them a better shot at making the playoffs. Gullit lost the locker room some time ago.

    A lot is riding on Thursday’s game for Cobi Jones. A win, and he may stay the head coach for the balance of 2008 – a loss, and you may see Bruce Arena hired this time next week.

  35. Johnny says:

    How could this happen to the jewel of the MLS!!!?

  36. Mike says:

    Well, they’re still going to suck. THey need to can Ruiz, Klein, Vanney, Vagenas, Gordon, and Cronin too. Too bad Cobi has to get his start this way. What a train wreck. THis franchise will have to be completely demolished before it can be rebuilt.

  37. Doyerfan says:

    Very disappointed Ruud is gone, couldn’t be happier Alexi is.

  38. inkedAG says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a better bunch of scumbags! hahahahaha

  39. john in atl says:

    Wonder how large a role Beckham played in this decision? How on earth is LA ever going to be competitive every week with the current salary cap limitations? This may be the first of many significant developments for not only LA, but MLS.

  40. Ryan says:

    Hey Alexi, is there a 3 Strike Rule in soccer, hmmm? (San Jose, NY/NJ, LAG)

  41. Aljarov says:

    I hate to say it but I’d take Lalas over Mo Johnston…

  42. Abel Xavie as player-coach?

    Ruud was/is a joke. Dude had a meltdown as Chelsea manager, more proof that great players do not always make great managers.

    Lalas? Abotu freaking time he got sacked. 0 for 3 on ruining franchises. Maybe he and little brother Greg can run New England into the toilet.

  43. DavidJ says:

    Re: Gullit, my first thought was Eddie Firmani redux – high profile coach who quit in their first year. Eddie, MetroStars first coach, didn’t know what he was getting into because it was a brand new league. If Gullit didn’t know it’s because he didn’t do his homework.

    RE: Lalas, didn’t care for him much as a GM especially after he destroyed the Metros and then bailed for LA. At least he has his music career to fall back on.

  44. frank from sf says:

    as a quakes fan , i like to think we put the final nail in the coffin 2 wks. ago. sure is fun to watch the meltdown!

  45. Mark says:

    Lalas is finally getting his just desserts. Somewhere Bob Bradley and Frank Yallop are as giddy of little girls over the departure of the Ginger man…

  46. Chris says:

    Superclub! Superclub! Oi! Oi! Oi!

  47. DeLarge says:

    As an O.G. Galaxy fan, I have never been happier that my GM and coach have been fired. The circus is officially winding down.

    Back to the game!!!

  48. Michael says:

    TOM NEELE FOR GM!!!!

  49. Kaiser says:

    YES!!!!!!!

    I have waited for this day for a long time. Lalas is finally gone! No way another team hires him as a GM, but he could join that Extra Time show with his brother so they can have 3 idiots who don’t know anything about soccer on it. Good riddance, Red!

    Sad to see Gullit go. I thought he did a decent job considering the geriatric roster and lack of talent. Would have liked to have seen him finish out the year. Nice to see Cobi get a shot, though.

    Still think the man who can save the Galaxy is Paul Mariner.

  50. EscapeGoat says:

    Great to see that it was a loss to Frank Yallop and the Quakes that may have finally gotten Lalas canned. Karma’s a bitch, eh Alexi? It’ll be hard to dislike the LAG with Cobi and Paul Bravo in charge, but I’m sure that sooner or later AEG will hire someone just as irrititating, loud-mouthed, and incompetent. Hugo Sanchez anyone?

  51. On another note, Ives do you know anything about the rumours that Benny F is going to Aarhus GF where Jeremiah White is playing?

  52. Brant says:

    “You guys won’t have Alexi Lalas to kick around any more!”

  53. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Aljarov,

    Dude, you gotta be high.

    Mo was not the greatest coach (especially with tactics) but as GM he has been LOADS better then Lalas (granted hes a little late sometimes ahem wheres our striker Mo?).

    Lalas was able to take potential and make it implode with delusions of grandeur.

  54. Alex says:

    so what are the chance of Bruce Arena being the next best man at LA?

  55. CPTKevin says:

    The firing of Lalas reminds me of a bible passage…

    Mark 14:47 = And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

    Can I get an AMEN?!!! Praise the Lord!!!

  56. Brett says:

    I hope Sigi is getting a nice little laugh today. As a longtime Galaxy fan, i have been waiting for this day, since the day he was hired. The worst GM in the history of MLS. Horrible talent evaluator, horrible at making trades, dont let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Too bad for Ruud, lets hope Cobi gets the job done.

  57. Nina says:

    Quite frankly, the Galaxy’s problem runs deeper than a coach or a GM. There are several players in this team that do not belong there and do not add anything to a team that used to be a powerhouse in MLS. If they want it back, they really do have to clean house and the locker room should be next.

    I’ve been a fan since ’96 and I even worked for the team so my heart is with them. I just hope the right decisions are made.

  58. Thom says:

    The next time Lalas goes on a soccer fan call in show (FFC) the “footprint” he keeps talking about won’t be his usual pseudo MBA Mumbo Jumbo about the Galaxy’s Big Club marketing metrics it will be the one squarely imprinted on his ass.

    ( In regards to Lalas- is it wrong to hate someone for being so smug and self assured while simultaneously being so completely incompetent?)

    As for Gullit- my feeling is once the novelty wore off he realized what a mistake he made in taking the job in the first place. The salary cap laden MLS is no place for high profile, high spending European based coaches.

    And in New England as I write Steve Nichols lets slip out a wry, “I could have told you so”smile….

  59. Michael F. says:

    Arena is on his way…

  60. ag nigrin says:

    Lalas is now singing “The Long and Winding Road!”

  61. brentmcd says:

    please please PLEASE don’t let Lalas become a broadcaster. imagine Lalas and Balboa together, hell throw in Wynalda for the trifecta. (shudder) the horror!

    good luck to Cobi. he’ll need it

  62. Fumar says:

    I think MLS’ poster boy will be adding player-coach and player-GM to his resume.

  63. Matt M says:

    Not sure where all the hatred at Donovan and Beckham is coming from.

    By getting rid of the leagues top scorer, does the atrocious LA defence get better somehow? How does that work?

    Beckham has also been very good on the field if not necessarily dominant. And he’s done his job in selling Jerseys, generating interest and serving as an ambassador.

    Gullit, I believe, should have stayed. No coach should be fired after six months. I think he might have been more tired of LA than visa versa.

    Lalas, of course should have gone. Personally, I think he’s an ass. And his record of personnel decisions is poor.

    Yes, part is that fact that Beckham, Donovan and Ruiz take up half the team salary cap. It wasn’t his fault Ruiz got hurt either.

    But he kept Xavier (for too long), Vagenas, Jazic, Buddle (last season, this one was good), Alvaro, potentially dominquez, etc

    I still doubt the new guy, whats his name that’s been hurt for four years.

    Buddle has given 1/2 a good season. Other than that only Klein was a good acquisition/retention among the mid-salaries on the team.

    On the other hand, he gave up Nakamura, Saragosa, Marshall, Cannon, Shavar Thomas, Ihemelu, Kevin Hartman, etc.

    Three or four of those guys still on the LA roster in place of Jazic, Dominquez, Alvaro, etc would have made a world of difference.

    That’s a bad history with his mid-range salary players.

    The youth movement was mediocre. Franklin was good, Cronin not so much.

    On the whole, Lalas should be out.

  64. Thom says:

    “imagine Lalas and Balboa together, hell throw in Wynalda for the trifecta” brentmcd

    If that happens it will surely end up in the Hague on the charge of crimes aganist humanity

  65. Alex says:

    Ha. Ha. Ha.

  66. CapeCodFutbol says:

    So what imbecile will hire Lalas next?

  67. Ryan says:

    sad to lalas go. i really enjoyed the train werck that was the la galaxy. glad to see coby given a shot, one of my all time favorite players. i hope he can have success, it would be great to see him get them into the playoffs.

  68. Javier says:

    I couldn’t be any happier that Lalas got fired. I’m not so sure if it was fair to get rid of Gullit. I understand he had problems with MLS rules, the reserves, the draft, and the lack of talent in the game (I read several interviews where he said he spends much of his time teaching tactics to players who should already know them). Whether he researched the league or not the Galaxy did hire him. This was the team Alexi Lalas built and Gullit should have been given the year to finish out the season.

    So who gets hired to replace Gullit? I read a lot of posts of people calling for Bruce Arena. Is he really the right fit for the team? Or should the Galaxy look to Dave Sarachan (55-50-31 in 4+ seasons with Chicago)? Would he be a better fit for the Galaxy? Or do they hire Peter Nowak after the Olympics? I’m not sure who would be a good fit for this team. Management is deperate for a coach that can win immediately. Given the Galaxy’s treatment of it’s coaches I’m not sure who would want the job. Ives what do you think?

  69. L says:

    Lalas for the next President of the USSF. You heard it here first.

    And Matt, the argument there would be that with LD gone, they’d have 325K in cap space to beef up the defense. Of course, with contracts guaranteed, that argument’s pretty much dead; if he leaves in the offseason though, the Galaxy would have an opportunity then to build some depth for next year.

    Of course, the smarter thing to do would be to get rid of Ruiz, who would free up just as much space, but wouldn’t lose the Galaxy anything other than a diver who’s scored a total of one goal this season–that’s less than Alan “Snowshoes” Gordon.

    I hope Cobi gets a chance to try and pull the team together with himself at the helm before AEG go out and try to find a Ruud Replacement. I’d take Cobi over Bruce Arena any day.

  70. Ruudy says:

    Wow – Firing Ruud? I think it’s crazy to dump a coach after 1 season, let alone one half season. Look at the improvement in LA’s offense…while their D still sucks, that’s no different than last year. So Ruud has improved their team 50% (!, roughly speaking) in the short time he’s been there.

    Seriously, though, coaches need time to get their system in place. If you look @ Houston & NE, they have had remarkable consistency in coaching…and success has followed. AEG — make a decision and stick w/it!

  71. Ruudy says:

    As a follow-on to my earlier post, does anyone know if Ruud got sick of the whole circus and really left on his own, rather than getting fired?

  72. wally says:

    Perhaps the greater problem is with ownership.. This Tim Leiweke character, with his macho locker room speaches and incessant finger pointing, seems like a world class buffoon. An empty suit. A corporate tool. Nice to have corporate support for US soccer, but if you DEMAND immediate results while focusing on marketing synergies, you get half-baked quick fixes.

  73. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Gullit ripping MLS starts in 3,2,1………

  74. Skinn says:

    I hate to say it but I’d take Lalas over Mo Johnston…

    Posted by: Aljarov | August 11, 2008 at 03:21 PM

    Seriously, dude!?

  75. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Sorry to post twice in a row, but cmon people, are you just reading the headline, and not actually paying attention to the story? Gullit was not fired. He resigned.

  76. Sin2R says:

    Rumor has it that AEG is tapping Jason Kries of RSL to be the new coach….

    JK!

    Err.. .Just kidding, not jason kries…

  77. Soto says:

    Though it sounds like firing Lalas was a good move (based on the comments above), I am sad to see Gullit go. I feel like the quality of play improved this year and that Gullit had a hand in that. Unfortunately, the defensive play didn’t match the improvements elsewhere on the pitch, so here we are. That said, let’s hope that things settle down. I would love to see Cobi have some success, but unfortunately none of today’s employee changes solves the core problem on the field: a lack of an effective defensive line.

  78. Adam says:

    It is a shame Gullit has to go, I think he was a positive influence on the league and brought a level of tactical awareness and international credibility many of the current MLS coaches don’t. I would love to see him go to another MLS club but it is unlikely if the stories of his frustration with the MLS system are true. I would love to see him take over for Tom Soehn at DC with players better suited for his style, and also that way the coaches post game analysis would consist of more than “I don’t think the guys brought enough effort for 90 minutes and that is dissapointing.” Thanks coach very insightful.

  79. Tim G says:

    Hmmmm. A coach who moves the league’s leading scorer to a midfield/winger position gets fired? What was going to be next–Buddle to central defender? No shock.

  80. Tim G says:

    Oh, yes, in my previous message it said fired. Who thinks he did NOT see the writing on the wall and resigned for no other reason? Come on, he saw it coming down the pipe and typed that letter fast.

  81. Gene says:

    I think it is a good move for the Galaxy. Perhaps, especially if Jones works out as a coach, they can tone down the circus and start playing the game. In between all this nonsense, they have a few good players (Beckham, Buddle, Donovan) and some serviceable ones (Klein).

    Also, If I were the Galaxy, I’d actively encourage Donovan to look for a European move. The guy needs to jump-start his career, and the team needs cash to buy a couple more serviceable defenders (non-DP quality). I bet that if they look high and low in USL / PDL, they can find a defender or two, who could play better than Xavier or Troy Roberts.

  82. Gene says:

    P.S. Lalas was / is a loud-mouth bombastic moron, so firing him was definitely a good move.

    I am a bit more ambivalent about Gullit. He was a great player and learning from someone of that quality had to be good for the young players. The problem is that at least based on what’s been reported, Gullit had trouble accepting a few unfortunate realities of a young (and often bizarre) league, like the MLS. I sympathize, but if you agree to coach here, you have to take the bad with the good, be ready to adjust, and be constructive about the bad. So, if Gullit was that unhappy here, may be it is best for everyone to go their separate ways.

  83. Eugene says:

    Nero burned Rome. LA is done for the season thanks to the impatience of their management. As a veteran of a few management turnovers in NY, I’m pretty comfortable in saying this lack of stability in LA will not produce better results. Sorry.

  84. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    Evidence that Leiweke is a total scumbag, from his own remarks:

    “The fact is, the players have to look deep inside themselves and understand they have to be responsible for some of this.”

    Players don’t make personnel decisions, Timmy. Neither do they decide to be a “superclub” before they have the resources to do so. Management does, Timmy. That means you, asshole! You hired Lalas in the first place despite the fact that he demonstrated neither business acumen nor the ability to evaluate talent. And you let Beckham’s handlers hire Gullit, despite his complete lack of familiarity w/American soccer.

    “Am I angry we find ourselves in the situation we find ourselves in? Yes. This is not a fun week. The Galaxy hasn’t made the playoffs for a couple years. Punting on this season is not acceptable. It starts Thursday.”

    You punted on this season when you kept Lalas, allowed Xavier to stay and allowed Gullit to be hired, Timmy.

    “I appreciate Cobi’s stepping in. The one guy’s loyalty and passion over there I don’t question is his. I think we have eliminated any and all excuses now. No one can point any fingers.”

    So, Timmy, are you questioning Beckham’s “loyalty and passion”? Aren’t you BFF’s w/him and his agent?

    “Alexi’s been with us a long time. I’m very appreciative of everything he’s done for the Galaxy. That one is painful…You can’t blame Alexi entirely. I do think we need a fresh start.”

    Despite the fact that Lalas didn’t know how to operate under a salary cap, couldn’t judge talent and was the person most responsible for turning this franchise into a laughing stock, you call his firing “painful,” Timmy? Maybe it pains you because it demonstrates that you have no ability to evaluate executive talent?!?!?

    Then again, we all know what you did for the Kings, don’t we, Timmy?

    Do us a favor, you ignorant schweinhund: Stop blaming others and look in the mirror. This debacle has your fingerprints all over it.

    While you’re at it, consider yourself fortunate that you do not live in medieval Japan. After your incompetent management, you would be the perfect candidate for seppuku.

  85. RUSSIA says:

    P.S.: Solano joins Larrisa (Grecce) not LA.

  86. RT says:

    THANK GOD!! I’m happy AEG is smarter than James Dolan (Knicks, NBA) and that Gullit’s condescending butt is outta here. Let’s find a real managerial staff and get to playin some serious footy! Go Galaxy!!

    Side note: Could Becks become the first MLS player-coach?? haha jk… sort of…

  87. Eugene T says:

    I know it’s been said ad nauseum, but I just want to join the horde of people agreeing that Lalas is a moron who possesses that deadly combination of a silver tongue and an empty skull.

    Thank you. Please continue.

  88. Kaiser says:

    Bottom Line…

    MLS is a better place without Alexi Lalas.

  89. Fred says:

    The timing is odd. Usually the firing takes place shortly after the game, not a week later. I wonder if there was a dust-up that caused Gullit to resign. Did Gullit resign first or was Lalas fired first? That’s not entirely clear.

  90. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    I love seeing MLS fans of diff clubs united under the banner of hate for Alexi Lalas

  91. clint dempsey says:

    @”THE NICK”….”Does this mean Lalas will now move into the media, where I feel he is more suited to promote this great game of ours in this ignorant country?” If it’s so ignorant why are you here? morons like you make people PUKE

  92. Ted says:

    And Clavijo still has a job…

  93. Neumannator says:

    Philadelphia fans be very, very concerned.

    Ives, any chance Lalas winds up in Philly? God I hope not.

  94. MiamiAl says:

    Alexi Lalas was the greatest thing that has happened to MLS! He brought the most known english speaking (sort of) superstar to our league, and he did it two years before many thought it would be feasible. Whatever people want to say about him, MLS and American soccer fans owe him some gratitude as he has made it possible for us to dream that someday our domestic product could be a top tier operation-(stress COULD BE). Lalas WILL be back. That is a promise! He has too much experience within the structure of American soccer and MLS to be sitting out.

    Cobi Jones was a solid move. Cobi will be an excellent coach (he should be at least as good a coach as Romario!) I think he should play while he is at it.

  95. rhybread says:

    @MiamiAI Drugs are nice, but stick to the weekends, ok? Lalas is a POS GM and President. His bombast translated well to the field but not to the front office. Who knows, he might be a good coach if he so wanted, but I don’t think an MLS team would touch him now. Their fans would crucify the,.

  96. Neumannator says:

    I don’t consider myself a smart man, but I’m going to have to go out on a limb and declare with some certaintly that Lalas is definitely NOT “the greatest thing that has happened to MLS!”

    I think you need to lay off the reefer.

  97. MiamiAl says:

    All I saying is that that MLS was all Donadonis’ and Mateaus’ and Djorkieffs before Lalas…

  98. robert says:

    the next LAG coach will be…Rongen the Dutch guy I’m almost 100% sure either him or B Arena. I was at giants stadium watching RB vs DC and there was Rongen watching.. Soccer and current MLS? Updating himself? Hmmmm I got a feeling this might be the guy AEG are thinking of…knows MLS too. Hope I’m wrong.. Personally I also think Mariner would be great. As for Lalas all I can say, is that I personally single him out for other countries not respecting MLS/US soccer.. All they see is the GM who once as a player wore a horrendous goatie and played the guitar how can they take us seriously right?

  99. robert says:

    the end of an era… Of a circus, of sexy football as we know it. What’d the next slogan LAG will come up with? Homo football? Well it was Gullit who came up with the sexy football thing so just for that.. I’m glad he’s gone.

  100. KC says:

    AEG’s money brought Beckham to MLS not Alexei Lalas.

  101. pedro says:

    And the circus continues: a leprecon with long hair will coach for the first time in MLS.

  102. Hector says:

    Hugo Sanchez…lmao i wouldn’t be surprised. excited for cobi though! just hope they don’t go avram grant style on him.

  103. Hector says:

    maybe frank rijkaard? haha

  104. Blackball says:

    As an Earthquakes fad, I am sadenned that the departure of Lalas and Gullit may actually enable the Galaxy to improve. We were all comfortable with their dim chances of getting any better, knowing Lalas was at the helm….

  105. John says:

    Go Cobi Jones! Represent The D!

  106. Mike ruze says:

    Any truth to the rumour that JCO Wife want him to interview for the LA job because LA has a bigger Columbian population and that they need to go there for “personal reasons” ?

  107. Strider says:

    Well, it was obvious that Lalas needed to go. He has proven capable of running any team into the ground. Its much harder for us in the Midwest to tell about Gullit. At times he seemed to be doing fine, but was obviously hamstrung by the ‘talent’ he had to work with beyond the top few players, especially on defense. Hopefully, the Galaxy will find a good GM and coach and become a more competitive team. Although not a Galaxy fan, it is always best for soccer in the US as a whole to see improvement in all of the teams.