Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Galaxy add coach, sign two forwards
By Scott French
The Galaxy on Wednesday bolstered their coaching staff with the addition of another former Major League Soccer head coach and added to their attack by bringing in two young forwards, including Newport Beach teen Jack McBean.
Former Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United head coach Curt Onalfo, a Bruce Arena protege, steps into the position vacated when Cobi Jones became the New York Cosmos' associate director of soccer two weeks ago.
Onalfo, who made 13 league appearances for the Galaxy in 1996, played for Arena at the University of Virginia and in 1998 at D.C. United and was on his U.S. national team staff from 2002 to 2006.
"We have a good, young coach with experience in Major League Soccer," Arena said of Onalfo. "So I think he'll be a real good addition for us."
Onalfo went 27-29-22 as head coach in Kansas City in 2007, 2008 and the first four months of 2009, taking the Wizards to the MLS playoffs in his second year in charge. He was hired as D.C.'s head coach last December and dismissed in August with a 3-12-3 record.
Associate head coach Dave Sarachan was head coach of the Chicago Fire from 2002 until midway through the 2007 season. He was MLS's Coach of the Year in 2003, when he guided the Fire to the MLS Cup final and the U.S. Open Cup title.
NEW FORWARDS: McBean signed a "homegrown" contract with the Galaxy, and Argentine forward Miguel Lopez, 21, was acquired on loan from Argentine second-division club Quilmes.
McBean, 16, will join the club following the Feb. 14-27 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica. The target forward, who developed at Slammers FC in Newport Beach and played a prominent role in Corona del Mar High School's run to the CIF Southern Section Division IV and Southern California Regionals Division II titles last year, has been in residency in Florida with the U-17s.
"He's strong, good with his back to the goal, athletically good ... he's that at 16," Arena said. "We don't get any bonus points for playing any 16-, 17-, 18-year-old players, so he's now with the men. So we're going to see how that adds up in our environment."
Lopez, who will join the Galaxy's preseason preparations later this week, emerged from Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata's youth system and played alongside midfielder Paolo Cardozo, the Galaxy's top pick in the Jan. 13 SuperDraft, at Quilmes.
"He's a player on the ball very eager to go after players 1-on-1. He's dynamic in that sense, and it's something I think we need," Arena said. "So we have a player that can penetrate with the ball and go at players. That's going to be the dimension he offers our team."
MORE NEWS: Forward Juan Pablo Angel is expected to join Galaxy preparations next Monday, when the team takes the field for the first time. ... Also missing is Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who is getting his visa renewed. "The Brazilians have to have their visas done every three months, so it's difficult, for whatever reason," Arena said. "I don't know if we're at war with Brazil or whatever, but it's real hard getting visas, and it's going to take awhile there. ... David Beckham is expected in camp when the Galaxy heads to Arizona on Feb. 13. ... Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts received his green card and will no longer count as an "international," or foreign, player in MLS. ... Ian Sarachan, the son of Dave Sarachan, will be on trial next month with the Portland Timbers. He played collegiately at Ill.-Chicago.