Somewhat lost in the shuffle of the changes happening with the U.S. Men’s National Team and LA Galaxy, there was the departure of LA Galaxy Associate Head coach Dave Sarachan last month. Sarachan, who was ruled out as a replacement for the Galaxy’s head coach job by the club this week, has in fact stated he’s interested in another job: LAFC head coach.
Sarachan told the Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Baxter last month that he wants to be a head coach again, and that 2018 MLS expansion side Los Angeles Football Club “checks all the boxes” in what he wants from his next challenge.
Bear in mind that Sarachan is not your run of the mill MLS assistant coach. In addition to being a collegiate assistant, he was head coach of Cornell University before serving as an assistant to Bruce Arena at D.C. United and then on the USMNT. He then got his chance as an MLS head coach, leading the Chicago Fire 2003-07. He won MLS Coach of the Year in 2003, winning the U.S. Open Cup and reaching the MLS Cup final that year, as well as making MLS Cup again the following year.
After getting fired by the Fire in 2007, he joined Arena’s Galaxy staff in 2008 and remained until last month. Unusual among non-head coaches, he was officially “Associate Head Coach,” presuming he had more responsibility than most assistants.
Of course, with all that on his c.v., Sarachan is coming off nine seasons with the Galaxy. Would LAFC be willing to jump right in with someone who had such recent Galaxy ties? He could start working to build the first team tomorrow, but that connection could prove to be a deal-breaker.
The thing is, we don’t know how LAFC are approaching their coaching search. It seems obvious they should look at Sarachan, even to decide whether or not they want to build a wall between themselves and the Galaxy, but they may be farther along in their pursuit for a manager than we know. And so we’ll have to wait and see on this front to see if Sarachan has a future with the black-and-gold.
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