After Coach and GM Leave LA, Galaxy Look For Change

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 11, 2008

The LA Galaxy changed in a lot ways when David Beckham joined the club. 

New badges, colors, and kits. However, those changes haven't helped that much.  The Galaxy ended up second-to-last in the 2007/2008 season.

This season things haven't changed much. The Galaxy are 6-8 and tied for fourth with their crosstown rivals Chivas USA. 

Things have not gone well for the Galaxy this season and they're desperate to change that.  They already have the players, now they need the management. 

LA hasn't won a game since June 14. They've lost four games and drew another three.  On the bright side, the Galaxy have scored the most goals in the league (38). However, they also have allowed the most goals in the league—40. 

On Monday, things hit their lowest point when word out of Galaxy headquarters was that GM Alexi Lalas and coach Ruud Gullit had been fired.

"Both parties have agreed on mutually agreeable terms to part company. It is an amicable arrangement and we appreciate and respect the issues that Ruud has highlighted with the club and are very grateful for all the hard work he has contributed while with the organization," said Tim Leiweke, president of AEG, the chief investor in the LA Galaxy. "Hopefully, he has laid the foundations for future success for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Gullit was coaching his first season in MLS but retired because of personal reasons.  His position will be filled temporarily by ex-Galaxy player Cobi Jones.  Gullit gave his reason for quitting:

"In truth, it has proved a lot more difficult than I anticipated for my family to settle in the area and the club has been very supportive and understanding of my decision," Gullit said. "I would like to thank the players and the fans for their fantastic support and I wish the LA Galaxy much success in the future. I would now like to spend some time with my family before considering any other position in football."

Alexi Lalas was fired after coming to the Galaxy in 2006.  He had previously held the general manager position at NY Red Bulls and the San Jose Earthquakes.

"With Ruud moving on, we believe that this is the right time to make more sweeping changes throughout the organization. Our commitment continues to be focused on not only winning the MLS Cup this and every season but to build a club capable of competing at the international level,"  Leiweke said.

"This decision is the right one for the organization, the right one for the players and the right one for our fans. We thank Alexi for the tremendous hard work and dedication he brought to his job each and every day." 

Lalas's position will now be taken over by Paul Bravo, the club's former director of soccer and Tom Payne, the assistant general manager.

The LA Galaxy has made every change possible.  Now, we must see if they can improve their season and possibly win the MLS Cup.