After claiming back-to-back league titles with a club like Boca Juniors, a young manager would usually be tipped for great things in Europe but Guillermo Barros Schelotto has instead been named new LA Galaxy boss. A coup for the MLS club but perhaps an indication that there are still some questions to be asked of the 45-year-old coach.
Barros Schelotto is of course familiar with North American football having enjoyed a successful three-year spell with Columbus Crew as a player between 2007-10 and after being linked with a return to his former club and champions Atlanta United, LA Galaxy eventually swooped for El Mellizo (The twin).
“I am honored to be the head coach for the most decorated club in Major League Soccer. This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I am excited to get to work. The LA Galaxy have long been the standard in MLS and I am ready to push the club to new heights,” Barros Schelotto said.
Vamos. #Since96 pic.twitter.com/1w9MYoS9nD
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 2, 2019
Having been without a permanent manager since Sigi Schmid stepped down in September, Barros Schelotto will take over from interim coach Dominic Kinnear and look to make an immediate impact on a Galaxy side that failed to reach the 2018 playoffs despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring 22 goals.
The iconic Swede will provide the focal point of the Galaxy attack again this season and Barros Schelotto’s task will be constructing the team around Ibrahimovic.
“After a comprehensive search, domestically and internationally, we believe Guillermo will be a landmark signing for this club. Guillermo is a proven winner who has experience coaching, playing and winning for big clubs. It is our hope that Guillermo’s managing style and familiarity with MLS will bring trophies and championships to LA Galaxy fans and the city of Los Angeles,” General Manager Dennis te Kloese explained.
And that is certainly true. Barros Schelotto won six Primera titles and four Copa Libertadores titles with Boca before joining Columbus Crew, adding one MLS Cup and two Supporters’ Shields as a player. A former Argentina international, the 45-year-old’s coaching career has also largely been a success with a Copa Sudamericana triumph at first club Lanús and back-to-back league trophies at Boca.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Former #Boca player and coach, against former #River player and coach.
New #LAGalaxy coach, against new #Quakes74 coach.
Bringing a taste of #SuperClásico to #CaliClasico, starting in 2019. Intriguing twist to the rivalry.#MLS 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/loyxExD0xH
— Joga Bonito USA (@Jasoninho10) January 2, 2019