According to Goal, On Tuesday, the LA Galaxy reported that former Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney has been hired by the club.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was rejected by the Galaxy at the end of the season, is replaced by Vanney as he takes over the club he played for from 1996-2002 and then again in 2008.
In 2017, the former Toronto FC coach boosted his side to a treble, winning during that season the MLS Cup, MLS Supporters’ Shield, and Canadian Championship.
Vanney set the club record for total wins (112) and games coached (250) during his six-year tenure in charge of TFC while leading the team to three MLS Cup finals and a CONCACAF Champions League final.
After the 2020 season, he stood down from his position with TFC, but will now rejoin his former club as he looks to take the Galaxy back to the top of MLS.
Vanney said, “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach the LA Galaxy.” The LA Galaxy is a legendary club with a rich history over the past 25 years in Los Angeles, MLS and North American soccer.
I would like to thank Dennis Te Kloese, Chris Klein, Dan Beckerman and Mr. Anschutz for the chance to coach this team and represent a club that is so dear to my heart. I am committed to working hard to win a championship for this club, our fans and Los Angeles. In my career, I look forward to this new challenge and am excited to get started.
Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese added: “Greg is a part of the history of the LA Galaxy and we are sure that he is the right guy to lead our team going forward.
As a player and a mentor, he has profound experience of this club and Major League Soccer, and has proved to be a consistent winner with a championship pedigree. His accolades as the manager of Toronto FC are proof of his ability in our league to build and maintain success. We look forward to partnering with Greg to continue building a squad to fight for trophies.
Vanney made 193 total appearances for the Galaxy as a player, tied with for the seventh-most appearances by any player in LA Galaxy history.
As he helped lead the club to a Supporters’ Shield (1998), CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (2000) and the U.S., the former defender was a two-time Best XI defender. Cup Open (2001).
Vanney was an Academy Director for Real Salt Lake from 2008 to 2011 before joining Chivas USA as an assistant after his playing career ended.
In 2014, he was hired by Toronto FC, becoming the ninth head coach in the history of the franchise, and is the only coach to guide the Canadian side to the playoffs in the history of the club.