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Angels Links: Sigi Schmid steps down from LA Galaxy

The Galaxy have made their second midseason coaching change in as many seasons.

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Sigi Schmid steps down as LA Galaxy Head Coach — Dom Kinnear will see out season

Sigi Schmid, the winningest head coach in Major League Soccer history, stepped down as head of the LA Galaxy on Monday, with his assistant Dominic Kinnear set to see out the rest of the season as LA’s other team pushes for the playoffs. Kinnear is the third coach of the Galaxy in 14 months, as Schmid stepped in for Curt Onalfo. Onalfo took Bruce Arena’s spot after he left to take over the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“After long discussions with Sigi, we made the collective decision and Sigi decided to step down,” Galaxy president Chris Klein said. “We all feel that this was in the best interests of Sigi and the club, for both the short and long term.”

According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, some players privately said Schmid was unpopular in the locker room, especially during a six-game winless streak that saw the Galaxy drop out of the playoff positions. Kinnear, the third-winningest coach in the league behind Schmid and Arena, will hope to rally the troops and get the Galaxy back into the playoffs.

Barcelona & Girona ask La Liga for permission to play match in Miami

Barcelona and Girona have formally asked for one of their fixtures, Girona’s home match in a Catalan derby, to be relocated to Miami in January, which would be the first competitive European match held in the U.S. A package for compensation for the Girona ticket holders has reportedly been agreed upon, but the game still needs the green light from RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, Uefa and Concacaf. The Spanish Players’ Association has also spoken out against the match, as has RFEF President Luis Rubiales.

Paul Pogba: I purposely kept my haircut low-key during the World Cup

French Midfielder Paul Pogba has said that he kept his hair style “low-key“ in his nation’s World Cup-winning campaign, as he did not want to give ammunition to critics of his. Pogba has frequently been criticized for his various hairstyles, but put that aside during the World Cup to focus on the competition, which seemed to work out pretty well.

“A haircut does not prevent you from talking, but I purposely did nothing, to stay low key,” the 25-year-old told RMC. “Like that, I wasn’t going to hear excuses about my haircut.

”We are going to stay focused. Talk about football, talk about the pitch, talk about performances. People say I’m a leader ... I will never say that, you have to show it on the pitch.”

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