The @LAGalaxy better have the bag ready for Greg Vanney. No-brainer hire from every perspective. They need long-term vision to rebuild the foundation of the club. He is the right architect.— Andrew Wiebe (@andrew_wiebe) December 1, 2020
I’m know I’m not alone in making that assumption about Vanney’s next stop, and I don’t expect LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese needs to read this column. He knows better than anyone else what his club needs. He knows what Vanney did at Toronto FC. He knows the long and strong connections between the Galaxy, the city of Los Angeles and the man who took the Reds from laughing stocks to a veritable giant in MLS and Concacaf. He needs more than just a head coach.
The way I see it, this is Bruce Arena in 2008 all over again, only updated for the current iteration of the Galaxy and Major League Soccer. LA are down on their luck and in need of direction – short-, medium- and long-term – and Vanney is out of contract, looking for his next opportunity. The hire checks every box and the timing is close to perfect for both parties.
Vanney is a club original, a Best XI defender who delivered trophies and understands the Galaxy’s history intimately. Vanney built academies that churned out talent, from Real Salt Lake’s setup in Casa Grande to Toronto FC with a stop at the Galaxy in between. Vanney’s proven he can balance big names and even bigger egos with squad and youth development. Vanney took “big” club from down on its luck to juggernaut. Most importantly, he’s got the trophies to prove it.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy are a project, attractive because of their history, spending profile and academy catchment, but a project nonetheless.
Guess who likes a project and whose coaching staff in Toronto was full of ties to Southern California?
Vanney: "I'm a builder. I like to build things. I like projects. This club is in a good place. There's not a lot of building to do." #TFCLive— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) December 1, 2020
And guess who needs a break after an insane 2020, but still has the itch to get back to work?
Vanney on his immediate future and whether he'll take a break from coaching or not:— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) December 1, 2020
"I dont sit still very well, it won’t be a long thing."
🤔 lot of people making the connection to the LA Galaxy coaching vacancy...
Imagine a Galaxy that connects the academy to the first team, delivering impactful minutes and transfer fees when the time comes to sell. Imagine a Galaxy that harkens back to the Arena days and builds a squad that’s got depth, quality and competitiveness. Imagine a Galaxy that signs the biggest players and gets the best out of them thanks to all of the above. Imagine a Galaxy that’s a power in both MLS and Concacaf, a gigante in every way.
We might not have to imagine that Galaxy for long. Greg Vanney is the man for the job, but will he be the hire? We’re going to find out.