LA Galaxy Head Coach Stepping Down

September 10, 2018 - 12:28 pm

CARSON (CNS) - With just six games remaining in the Major League Soccer season and the team fighting for a playoff berth, LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid announced today he is stepping down, effective immediately.

"After careful consideration, I have decided to step away from coaching at this time, but would like to remain in the game," Schmid said in a statement released by the team. "With six games remaining as the bluc fights for a playoff spot, I understand the timing of this decision is unfortunate."

Schmid said he is confident the team can succeed under assistant coach Dominic Kinnear, who was appointed to the head coaching job on an interim basis.

Schmid has been with the Galaxy since last year. He previously coached the team in the late 1990s and early 2000s, leading the Galaxy to an MLS Cup title in 2002. Schmid is the winningest coach in MLS history, with 266 total wins. He also won an MLS Cup with the Columbus Crew.

LA Galaxy President Chris Klein thanked Schmid for his work with the team, calling him an "integral part" of the team's success since 1996.

"We respect Sigi's decision and we will continue to focus on our push for playoffs as we move forward," Klein said. "Dom is one of the finest coaches in the history of this league, and we trust him to lead this group for the remainder of the season."