On Monday, LAFC Hire Steve Cherundolo as the team’s next head coach
New LAFC hire Steve Cherundolo has been named the Black & Gold’s second head coach in the club’s history. Head Coach Steve Cherundolo will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday, January 5 at Banc of California Stadium.
Considered as one of the most celebrated American players of all time, Steve Cherundolo has almost 15 years of playing experience in Germany’s Bundesliga where he was their longest serving player, appearing in 415 total matches and setting for the most appearances by an American for one club. In 2014, Cherundolo announced his retirement from soccer after being unable to recover from a long-term knee injury.
New head coach Steve Cherundolo’s coaching background includes time as a Bundesliga first-team assistant, youth head coach, and a position in the German National Team youth development program. Following his retirement, Cherundolo continued with Hannover 96 as an assistant coach for Hannover’s amateur squad. In 2015, he was appointed as the assistant coach of Hannover 96’s first team and became the head coach of Hannover’s U–17 academy team shortly after.
In 2021 Cherundolo was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame after making 87 appearances for the US National Team, becoming one of only 11 players in US history to be named to three World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010). For every game in the 2010 World Cup, Cherundolo started as right back for the USMNT.
“I am honored to be named the head coach of LAFC,” said new head coach Steve Cherundolo. “Having been a part of the Club for the past year, I was able to see firsthand that the fans, city, and organization are all very special. The foundation is strong, and I am committed to guiding us to success on and off the field. I can’t wait to get started.”
New LAFC hire Steve Cherundolo will be replacing Bob Bradley, who had led LAFC the past four years dating back to the 2018 expansion season. Things are looking optimistic as LAFC hire Steve Cherundolo as the new head coach. With the “Mayor of Hannover” and Southern California native, we can’t wait to see the young LAFC talent grow throughout 2022.