ESPN's Jeff Carlisle broke the news Friday that Chivas USA are looking at current LA Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo as their top candidate for the Goats' head coaching position. Likewise, the Galaxy confirmed to MLSsoccer.com, also on Friday, that Chivas have talked to Onalfo about the job, though both outlets say Chivas would not confirm the news.
Onalfo has MLS experience as both a player and coach, seeing time in the early days of the league with the LA Galaxy, San Jose Clash and D.C. United. He also earned one international cap with the U.S. Men's National Team, in 1988, and played for a short time in the Mexican second division, where he evidently met his wife.
The 44-year-old has been an assistant coach at D.C. United, the USMNT, and since 2011, the Galaxy. He's also been a head coach in MLS twice, for Kansas City 2007-09, where he led them to the playoffs twice before being fired midseason, and for D.C United for part of 2010, before being fired in what some consider to be the worst MLS team in history.
According to Carlisle, before he agrees to the job Onalfo wants assurance from Chivas owner Jorge Vergara that there will be real investment into the team, which is a necessary (and reasonable) request.
The good news is that Onalfo has considerable MLS experience, and should be pretty familiar with how the league works. The bad news is that his track record as a head coach in MLS is somewhat spotty, and given Chivas' track record with head coaches when Vergara has taken an active role with Chivas USA, it could be a rocky and ultimately short-lived appointment. Still, given the choice between an MLS novice with a squad lacking a great deal of league experience, and a coach who has seen it all in MLS, it looks like it could be a solid move.
Of course, Onalfo's status is that of a "candidate" for the job at this point. Carlisle also mentions Wilmer Cabrera, who we reported on last week, as well as Steve Sampson, who we speculated could be a candidate, as options for Chivas' brass.
We'll let you know as we find out more about the Goats' coaching search.
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