Reports began to emerge on Friday that linked former Mexican international and Real Madrid superstar Hugo Sanchez to Los Angeles Football Club’s head coaching job.
The connection appeared to begin with the ESPN show “Jorge Ramos y su banda” on Friday afternoon:
However, the show’s track record with rumors related to MLS is quite spotty, so this in and of itself has to be taken with a grain of salt.
Of course, the rumor spread like wildfire, but another ESPN show, “Fútbol Picante,” cooled the rumors way, way down later in the day.
Sanchez, 58, maintains a home in Southern California to this day, having played in 1979-80 for the NASL’s San Diego Sockers, before also playing in the debut season of MLS in 1996 with the Dallas Burn, and so has a tangible connection to the United States. The striker is considered a Real Madrid legend and won the La Liga scoring title five times in his career, and is widely regarded as one of, if not the best, Mexican player in history.
As a manager, Sanchez has had some success, notably winning both league titles in the 2004 calendar year with UNAM Pumas. Aside from that, his track record has been spotty, with a stint coaching the Mexican national team being regarded as a disaster and a short-lived period leading small Spanish side Almeria in 2009.
Sanchez has not coached very much in recent years, his last appointment being a seven-month stint with Pachuca in 2012. For the most part he’s moved into a punditry role, and it appears either few are interested in hiring him these days, or he’s not particularly interested in jumping back into it.
So, all of this is to say it is plausible Sanchez could be linked to LAFC, but it sounds like a major stretch. He’s got some ties and some coaching experience, yes, but compared to other mooted coaching choices like Guillermo Barros Schelotto or Bob Bradley, Sanchez as a candidate appears to pale in comparison.
But we’ll see. Does this rumor have any more legs? We’ll keep you posted if it does.
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