L.A. Galaxy name Greg Vanney head coach

The Los Angeles Galaxy reconnected with their past Tuesday, naming Greg Vanney as head coach.

The former Galaxy defender was named to the spot that was left vacant when Guillermo Barros Schelotto was fired in October.



Vanney stepped down as head coach of Toronto FC on Dec. 1 and rumors quickly escalated about a potential reunion with the Galaxy.

Vanney, 46, was an MLS All-Star as a player with the Galaxy from 1996-2002 and again in 2008, his final season. He was instrumental in helping the franchise to its first three MLS Cup finals.

“The LA Galaxy are an iconic club with a rich history in Los Angeles, MLS and North American soccer over the last 25 years,” Vanney said in a statement. “I want to thank (general manager) Dennis te Kloese, (president) Chris Klein, Dan Beckerman (president of AEG, the Galaxy’s parent company) and Mr. Anschutz (owner) for the opportunity to coach this team and represent a club so close to my heart.

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New L.A. Galaxy coach Greg Vanney. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

“I am committed to working tirelessly for this club, our fans and Los Angeles to win a championship. I look forward to this new challenge in my career and am eager to get started.”

Vanney in charge of turnaround

After the Galaxy parted ways with Schelotto, Dom Kinnear served as the interim coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. Los Angeles has missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, losing 57 games in that four-year stretch. They were 6-12-4 in 2020 and their 27 goals scored were next to last in the Western Conference.

Vanney had guided Toronto since 2014 and led the franchise to the Supporters’ Shield, an MLS Cup title and Canadian Championship in 2017. He is Toronto’s all-time leader in wins (112) and matches managed (250) and was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2017.



“Greg is a part of the history of the LA Galaxy and we are confident that he is the right person to lead our team moving forward,” te Kloese said. “He has deep knowledge of this club and Major League Soccer as a player and a coach and has proven to be a consistent winner with a championship pedigree. His accolades as Toronto FC’s manager are evidence of his ability to create and sustain success in our league.

“We look forward to working with Greg to continue to build a team that will compete for trophies.”

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)