On Tuesday, LA Galaxy President Chris Klein announced that they had let go Vice President of Soccer Operations Pete Vagenas.
“It’s always difficult. Pete’s done a lot for this club, both as a player and in the front office,” the Galaxy President said. “But we had said we are evaluating our soccer operations.”
Pete Vagenas fired
Vagenas first joined the Galaxy organization as a midfielder before the 2000 MLS season and stayed with the club for nine seasons. As a player, he went on to win two U.S. Open Cups, an MLS Supporters’ Shield, and two MLS Cups, lifting the trophies in 2001 and 2005.
Klein is certainly aware of the Galaxy’s fall from grace these previous two seasons. Expect multiple new hires, including a president of soccer operations, sooner rather than later.
“We’re looking for the right people,” Klein continued. “What you’re seeing in our league and in other leagues is assembling a group of talented people to tackle this as a team. We need to do that.
“And it’s not just a GM or a coach. It extends through our scouting and certainly beyond with development and things like that. We have a number of things to do.”
There’s other work to do in what expects to be an extremely busy offseason for the Galaxy.
Could these imminent changes be what the organization needs to climb back into the MLS Playoffs next season?