Los Angeles Football Club announced the appointment of former player Steve Chirondolo as coach on Monday.
The 42-year-old will have a big boot to wear as he takes over from Bob Bradley, who joined Toronto FC in November, after four successful seasons in the City of Angels.
A true legend from Hanover 96, the California native studied in Germany. After his record 415-game playing career as a defender in Hannover, Cherundolo held various coaching positions with the team’s youth from 2014 to 2018.
In 2021, he made the jump to the United States, where he was named coach of the Lights of Las Vegas, the LAFC affiliate club of the United Soccer League (USL).
“We know what works in LAFC and what works in MLS, and Steve has this unique combination of international and local experience at the highest level that meets our requirements. In the past year we have seen that he adapts to the culture of LAFC, that he knows our players and our philosophy, and that he is the perfect candidate to lead us to success. in this area,” Co-Chairperson and CEO John Torrington said incidentally.
As a player, Chirondolo also defended the US national team shirt 87 times, scoring two goals.
Los Angeles FC was sidelined for the first time in their young history in 2021. They finished ninth in the Western Conference, three points behind their post-season schedule appearances.
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