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Galaxy fire head coach Barros Schelotto

Field Level Media
30 Oct 2020, 09:19 GMT+10

The Los Angeles Galaxy fired head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Thursday.

The move comes less than two seasons after he took the helm of the five-time MLS champions and three games before the end of the regular season.

Dominic Kinnear will serve as the interim head coach. He also served in that capacity for the Galaxy in 2018.

The Galaxy also parted ways with assistant coaches Gustavo Barros Schelotto and Ariel Pereyra, goalkeeping coach Juan Jose Romero and performance coach Javier Valdecantos.

The moves come one day after the Galaxy absorbed a 5-2 defeat on the road to the Portland Timbers. It was the third time in the last five games the club surrendered at least four goals in a game.

The Galaxy own a 5-11-3 record (18 points) in 2020, with four of those victories coming in succession starting in late August. They are in last place in the Western Conference by averaging 0.95 points per game.

"Based on results, we have decided to go in a different direction," Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a release. "... As a club, we have a collective responsibility and we all must share the blame for the club's current standing. I take responsibility for the poor results and believe that we can find the right way forward for this team and our club."

The Galaxy were 21-26-6 under Guillermo Barros Schelotto, making the playoffs last season. But the club had Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the roster in 2019 and could not repeat its success with an oft-injured Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez at forward this season. The Mexico international has just one goal in 10 games.

Thursday's news comes less than two weeks after reports out of Ireland said that former Galaxy star Robbie Keane had been hired as Galaxy coach to replace Barros Schelotto. The team refuted the reports by calling them a "rumor," according to the Los Angeles Times.

--Field Level Media

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