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LA Galaxy reportedly close to hiring Dennis te Kloese as head of soccer operations

The LA Galaxy are close to hiring Dennis te Kloese as head of soccer operations, according to MLSSoccer.com. The position has been vacant since the team released Pete Vagenas on Nov. 6.

Hiring a head of soccer operations was considered the first step in the process of reconstructing the Galaxy’s leadership staff, according the club president Chris Klein. 

“The priority for me is to hire a leader for our soccer operations,” Klein said at the final media availability of the year. “That is first step. And then we’ll go on from there. Obviously, we need a coach for next year. So, I would put that as priority 1B. But first things first and we’ll continue to move through it.”

Te Kloese, current director of soccer operations for Mexico’s national teams, has MLS experience with Chivas USA from 2005 to 2008, acting as the former club’s director of soccer. In his current role with the Mexican federation, he oversees both the men’s and women’s national teams, as well as the youth system. Te Kloese’s experience with youth organizations could be one of the answers to the problems facing the Galaxy. 

Before the 2018 season, the Galaxy declined the contract options of five Homegrown players. During the 2018 season, the team played homegrown Bradford Jamieson IV — the only Homegrown player to see MLS minutes for the Galaxy — just 271 minutes. With a club based in Southern California, an area known for youth soccer development, such low numbers of Homegrown success might be related to the club’s recent struggles. 

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