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OFFICIAL: LA Galaxy announce Greg Vanney as club’s newest head coach

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Surprise, surprise.

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Former TFC head coach Greg Vanney speaks to media.
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TORONTO, Canada—Surprise, surprise.

L.A. Galaxy made it official Tuesday afternoon, naming Greg Vanney as their new head coach.

U.S. soccer journalist Grant Wahl reported last week that the former Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney was nearing a deal with L.A. Galaxy to become the club’s next head coach.

The ties between Vanney and L.A. simply made too much sense for something not to come to fruition. The former TFC manager played for the Galaxy for six years between 1996 to 2001 before returning to finish his career with the club in 2008, and was consistently one of the best defenders in MLS during that span, leading L.A. to three MLS Cup Finals and two CONCACAF Champion’s Cup Finals.

Last season, Los Angeles missed the playoffs after finishing 10th in the Western Conference and have been without a permanent head coach since firing Guillermo Barros Schelotto in October. With the MLS giants currently in turmoil having won just one postseason match in the past three years, it’s a project that appears to be made just to Vanney’s liking.

“I’m a builder, I like to build things,” said Vanney, when he departed Toronto FC after seven seasons in charge. ”I like projects. This club is in a really good place, there’s not a lot of building to do. This club is positioned to be great.”

At the time—less than three weeks ago—Vanney also hinted at the possibility of returning to a different coaching role sooner rather than later.

“I do need to catch my breath and regroup a bit, but anyone who knows me, knows I don’t sit still very well,” Vanney said. ”It won’t be a long thing.”

The Virginia native and Toronto FC parted ways on Dec. 1 after it was announced that he would be stepping down from his role as head coach and technical director. Vanney was the club’s all-time winningest manager, owning an overall record of 112 wins, 61 losses, and 55 draws in all competitions since being promoted in 2014.

TFC have yet to name a replacement.