Steve Chernudolo, LAFC looks set to take the next step in 2022

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For the first time since the club’s first season, LAFC will have a new head coach.

The club officially hired former Las Vegas Lights FC head coach Steve Chernudolo as head coach on Monday, making the former USMNT star who spent 15 years with Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga the club’s second head coach ever.

After Bob Bradley was released after the 2021 campaign, the young club looked to enter a new era. Now under Chernudolo, the team is ready for a new beginning.

“We were looking for someone who would suit LAFC, both for our style of play and his personal qualities, how he interacts with people,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said in an interview with MLSoccer.com.

“We wanted someone who could develop players with great effect, a coach that we know our players will love to play for. Someone who understands the connection to our city, our supporters. For everything we know about Steve and what we predict will come to happen to Steve, he won. “

During his first season as head coach of senior teams with Las Vegas in the USL Championship, the Lights finished last in the Pacific Division with 21 points, the third lowest score in the league.

As LAFC’s USL affiliate, the staff in Las Vegas worked close to LAFC, which is an advantage for Cherundolo when he joins the club.

“I understand where LAFC has been, what they have built and where we are going,” said Cherundolo. “From my experience, I think I can add that. I think I can take this organization to the next level. One thing I have been extremely impressed with at LAFC is how good an organization this is, from ownership to each employee. We all want the same thing: success for our fans. “

Cherundolo played under LAFC’s last head coach, Bob Bradley, from 2006 to 2011 with USMNT. While the club is moving in a different direction after Bradley’s departure, Cherundolo learned lessons from the former coach who he says will help him when he takes over at Los Angeles.

“We are the same, but also very different,” Cherundolo said. “Bob is an incredible coach, has done incredible things, was very important to me in my career and someone I have learned from as a player and coach. We worked very closely, both staffs between Las Vegas and LAFC. I had the chance to choose “His brain every day. I think the world of him as a coach and person. There are big shoes to fill, but it would be false to try to replace Bob. We will go in our direction, try to define this role a little differently.”

LAFC begins its first season during Cherundolo on February 26 against Colorado Rapids at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

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