A four-time MLS Cup winner, Bruce Arena enters his seventh season with the Galaxy after taking over the team as the General Manager and Head Coach of the Galaxy on August 18, 2008. One of the most successful head coaches in MLS and U.S. National Team history, Arena led the Galaxy to their fourth MLS Cup in 2012, becoming the first coach in MLS league history to win four championships. Arena became the seventh coach in the club’s history and has led the Galaxy to three MLS Cup finals, capturing the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012. In his dual role, Arena oversees all of the club's soccer operations in addition to his responsibilities in coaching the first team.
Arena has thrice been named the MLS Coach of the Year, including winning it in 2009 and 2011 with the LA Galaxy and for the first time in 1997 as head coach of D.C. United. A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Arena completely re-hauled the club’s roster prior to the start of the 2009 season, bringing in 16 new players while helping the Galaxy reach MLS Cup for the first time since 2005.
The all-time leader in wins amongst coaches in U.S. National Team history, Arena led the U.S. to the FIFA World Cup twice, including an historical quarterfinal berth in 2002 in Japan/Korea. Arena took over as head coach in November 1998 and was in charge for nearly eight years, collecting a 71-30-29 all-time record, while leading the U.S. to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2002 and 2005, the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup championship, as well as a third place finish in the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico.
The 62-year-old has a career regular season record of 159-98-54 in MLS and a postseason mark of 27-9-4, including a 9-4-2 postseason record with the Galaxy. His 159 career regular season wins are the second most in MLS history, while his 27 postseason wins are the most in league history, four more than Seattle’s Sigi Schmid. Arena’s four MLS Cup championships are two more than any other coach in MLS history and he is one of just two coaches currently in MLS, along with Schmid, to win both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.
Arena was the first coach in D.C. United history, joining the club for its inaugural season in 1996. He would spend three seasons with United, reaching MLS Cup three times, winning it twice, in addition to reaching the U.S. Open Cup Final twice and winning the tournament once. He also helped United become the first MLS team ever to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Interamerican Cup, winning each in 1998.
After a slow start to their inaugural season, Arena helped re-vitalize United and led the club to a second place finish in the Eastern Conference. Then, after losing their first postseason game against the MetroStars, Arena and United won their next five games to win the inaugural MLS Cup, culminating with a 3-2 extra time win over the Galaxy in the rain at Foxboro Stadium. Ten days later, United completed the “Double” by becoming the first MLS club ever to win the U.S. Open Cup, defeating the Rochester Rhinos 3-0.
Arena followed up that performance a year later by being named the MLS Coach of the Year for the first time after leading United to the best record in MLS and a second MLS Cup championship in as many years, defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at RFK Stadium.
In 1998, his final season with United, Arena again led the club to the Eastern Conference championship, finishing the regular season with the second best record in the league. But despite becoming the first MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup in August of that year and the Interamerican Cup, United fell in their bid for a third consecutive MLS Cup title, falling to the Chicago Fire.
Following the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Arena parted company with U.S. Soccer and returned to MLS when he was named the Sporting Director and Head Coach of the New York Red Bulls in August 2006. He spent a year and a half with the Red Bulls, compiling a 16-16-10 record while helping New York reach the postseason both years. He helped to develop young stars like Jozy Altidore and Dane Richards while also signing players like Juan Pablo Angel, who was a finalist for the MLS MVP award and the Newcomer of the Year Award in 2007.
Following a brief stint at the University of Puget Sound (1976), Arena was named the head coach at the University of Virginia, in 1978. He held that position for 18 years, helping the Cavaliers to five ACC Tournament Championships and five National Championships, including four in a row from 1991-1994.
A three-time MLS Cup winning coach, Dave Sarachan enters his seventh season as the Galaxy’s Associate Head Coach after being hired by the club on August 18, 2008, the same day that Bruce Arena was named the club’s General Manger and Head Coach. This is the fourth time in his coaching career that Sarachan has worked with Arena, having previously served as his assistant at the University of Virginia (1984-1988), D.C. United (1998-1999) and with the U.S. National Team (2000-2002). An invaluable member of the Galaxy coaching staff, Sarachan has helped lead his teams to MLS Cup five times in his 13 seasons as a coach in MLS.
A veteran coach with experience in college soccer and MLS as well as with the U.S. National Team, Sarachan, 59, began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Rochester (1976-77) and Cornell (1983) before joining Arena’s staff at Virginia in 1984. After five years with the Cavaliers, Sarachan returned to Cornell to become the school’s head coach in 1989. In nine seasons with the Big Red, Sarachan compiled a 64- 63-16 record, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and an Ivy League Championship before moving to the professional game as an assistant coach with D.C. United.
After two seasons with United, during which he helped lead the club to an MLS Cup title in 1999, Sarachan joined forces once again with Arena, this time with the U.S. National Team. Sarachan helped the U.S. qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan/Korea where they had their best finish since 1930, reaching the Quarterfinals before losing to the tournament’s eventual runner-up Germany. Following the 2002 MLS season, Sarachan was named the head coach of the Chicago Fire, a position that he held for four and a half years, helping lead the Fire to the 2003 Supporters’ Shield and that year’s MLS Cup Final, while also winning the MLS Coach of the Year award that season. Sarachan also helped lead the Fire to a pair of U.S. Open Cup Championships in 2003 and 2006.
In his time with the Fire, Sarachan’s teams had a record of 55-50-31 in regular season games and reached the postseason three times. Under his direction, the Fire never failed to at least reach the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, reaching the Final three times and winning the tournament twice.
Prior to joining the Galaxy in August 2008, Sarachan served as the Director of Scouting for the United States Soccer Federation’s Developmental Academy Program, where he worked to help indentify many of the top young players throughout the nation. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Sarachan is a graduate of Cornell University where he was an All-American soccer player, helping lead the Big Red to the NCAA Tournament as a senior. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, he played professionally in both the NASL, with the Rochester Lancers and the MISL with the Pittsburgh Spirit, Buffalo Stallions, Baltimore Blast and Kansas City Comets.
Curt Onalfo - LA Galaxy II Head Coach
An MLS Cup winner as both a player and a coach, Curt Onalfo was announced as the USL PRO side LA Galaxy II head coach earlier in January 2014 after spending two seasons as the Galaxy’s Assistant Coach and Reserve Team Head Coach. A former MLS head coach with Kansas City and D.C. United, Onalfo played his college soccer for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia and then served as his assistant coach with the U.S. National Team from 2003-2006. He was hired by the Galaxy in January 2011 and played a central role in the club repeating as Supporters’ Shield winners and capturing their third MLS Cup last season.
A Galaxy original, Onalfo played 13 games for the club in 1996, helping them reach the inaugural MLS Cup. He went on to play in 23 games in four years in the league, spending time with San Jose and D.C. United in addition to the Galaxy.
After retiring from MLS in 1999, Onalfo moved into the world of coaching as an assistant coach with D.C. United in 2001. He spent two years with United before moving onto the U.S. National Team as an assistant coach. In four years with the U.S., Onalfo helped the team win the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Onalfo left the national team shortly after the 2006 World Cup and got his first heading coaching job in MLS in November 2006 when he was hired by the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City). The 42-year-old spent two-and-a-half seasons as the Kansas City head coach, leading the team to the postseason twice after seeing them fail to qualify for the playoffs in the two season prior to his arrival. He had a 27-29-22 record in his time with Kansas City before leaving the club in August 2009. Four months later, in December 2009, Onalfo was back in MLS as he was named the new head coach for D.C. United, replacing Tom Soehn.
Onalfo remained United’s head coach for eight months before leaving the club in August. He led United to the semifinal of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and played a pivotal role in the growth and development of eventual MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar. Originally born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Onalfo played four years of college soccer at Virginia, helping the Cavaliers reach the NCAA Tournament four times and win a share of the National Championship in 1989. A two-time All-ACC First Team selection, Virginia had a 68-12-13 record in Onalfo’s four years in Charlottesville, including the 1988 ACC Championship. In addition to his play with the Cavaliers, Onalfo was a member of the U.S. U-20 team that finished fourth at the 1989 World Youth Championships and a co-captain with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team. He began his professional playing career in 1991 with FC La Ciotat in France and later went on to play in Mexico with Tampico FC before returning to the United States to play in MLS.
He was selected by the Galaxy in the inaugural MLS Player Draft and spent one season with the club before being traded to San Jose in 1997. A year later, he joined D.C. United, helping the club win the 1998 InterAmerican Cup and CONCACAF Champions Cup, as well as the 1999 MLS Cup before retiring at the end of that season.
A 10-year MLS veteran who appeared in 10 regular season games for the Galaxy in 2012, Pat Noonan won MLS Cup twice during his career, helping the Columbus Crew win their first championship in 2008 and the Galaxy to their second straight title in 2012. On January 11, 2013 it was announced that Noonan had retired as a player and had joined the club as an assistant coach.
In a 10-year MLS career that saw him score 42 goals and add 33 assists in 183 regular season games, Noonan helped his team reach MLS Cup five times, winning a pair of championships. An All-Star in 2004 when he finished tied for the MLS scoring lead with career-highs of 11 goals and eight assists, Noonan won the U.S. Open Cup three times during his career, helping the New England Revolution to their first Open Cup title in 2007 before winning the tournament again with Seattle in 2010 and 2011. A native of Ballwin, Mo., Noonan made his U.S. National Team debut in March 2004 in a friendly against Haiti and he scored his first international goal just under a year later in a 3-0 win over Colombia. He collected 14 caps in his international career, with all but one of those appearances coming when Bruce Arena was the coach of the National Team.
Noonan, who holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “B” coaching license, began his MLS career with New England in 2003, being selected by the club in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. A finalist for the MLS Rookie if the Year award that season, Noonan spent five seasons with the Revolution, scoring 37 goals and adding 29 assists while helping New England reach three consecutive MLS Cups. Following the 2007 season, Noonan moved to Europe, signing with Aalesunds FK of the Norwegian Tippeligaen before returning to MLS in August 2008, joining the Columbus Crew, with who he won his first MLS Cup. He split the 2009 season between Columbus and Colorado before joining Seattle in 2010. After two seasons with the Sounders, the 32-year-old was taken by the Galaxy in Stage 2 of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Process. He appeared in 14 games in all competitions last season, scoring once in the league and once in the U.S. Open Cup while winning his second MLS Cup.
Kenny Arena - Assistant Coach
Kenny Arena joined the LA Galaxy coaching staff on January 2014 after spending the last two years as the head coach at Florida International University.
A former head coach in the Galaxy Academy, Arena was named the head coach at Florida International in March 2012. Arena led the Panthers to an 8-8-2 record in his first season in charge, giving them their most wins in a single season since 2005. FIU finished the 2013 season with a 6-10-1 record, giving Arena a 14-18-3 record in his two seasons in charge.
Arena began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Virginia in 2006 before joining the coaching staff at George Mason University in 2007. He first came to California in 2008, joining Jorge Salcedo’s staff at UCLA. In four seasons with the Bruins, Arena helped lead his team to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a berth in the College Cup in 2011. Nearly 20 players that Arena coached while at UCLA went on to be drafted by MLS teams, including Chandler Hoffman, Kyle Nakazawa, Brian Perk, Brian Rowe and Michael Stephens, all of who went on to play for the Galaxy.
During his time at UCLA, Arena also worked as a coach with the Galaxy Academy, serving as the head coach of the Galaxy U-16’s. While with the Academy, Arena coached current Galaxy Homegrown players Jack McBean and Oscar Sorto while helping lead his team to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-16 National Championship and the U-17 Generation adidas Cup in July 2011.
A former U.S. youth national team player, Arena played college soccer at Virginia and was selected by the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) in the fourth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. He would spend three years in MLS as a player, scoring once in 20 games over two seasons with the club before being traded to D.C. United, where he spent the 2005 season.
The 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, Reis retired in December 2013, bringing an end to a 16-year MLS career that saw him reach MLS Cup six times. A member of the Galaxy from 1998-2002, Reis helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2002 before being traded to the New England Revolution in January 2003. Over the course of his 16-year MLS career, Reis appeared in 288 games and made 282 starts while recording 110 wins, 1,114 saves and 75 shutouts, leaving him in the top six in MLS history in each category.
A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Reis played his college soccer at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 1997 NCAA Championship before being selected by the Galaxy in the third round (26th overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft. He would spend the first five seasons of his professional career with the Galaxy, making 50 appearances in all competitions for the club, while helping them win the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup.
Ahead of the start of the 2003 MLS season, Reis was traded to the New England Revolution, beginning an 11-year stay with the club. A four-time All-Star and four-time finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, Reis finished his career as New England’s all-time leader in goalkeeper appearances (254), goalkeeper starts (253), goalkeeper minutes played (22,697), goals against average (1.31), wins (93), saves (989), shutouts (66) and saves percentage (72.3). He also finishes his career ranked second in the club’s overall records in games played, games started and minutes played.
Reis, who also oversees the coaching of the Galaxy Academy goalkeepers, made two appearances with the U.S. National Team and was an alternate on the U.S. 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, replaces Ian Feuer as the Galaxy’s Goalkeeper Coach. Feuer had held the role since September 2007, spending the last six plus seasons with the club.
Jovan Kirovski, who retired following the 2011 season and served as an assistant coach for the Galaxy during the 2012 campaign, is the first Technical Director in the club’s history. Under the direction of Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena, Kirovski, who spent the first 12 years of his professional career playing in Europe, scouts and evaluates players locally and abroad while also helping establish relationships with clubs around the world. Additionally, the 38-year-old helps implement a core curriculum throughout the Galaxy Academy while evaluating the Academy’s coaches and players and helping to recruit the top local talent to join the club.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Kirovski began his professional soccer career in 1992 when he joined the youth ranks at Manchester United alongside players like David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. After four years with United, Kirovski moved to Germany, signing with Borussia Dortmund, where he became the first American to win the UEFA Champions League in May 1997. Seven months later, Kirovski became the first American to score a goal in the competition, doing so against Sparta Prague in December 1997 as Dortmund went on to reach the semifinals of the 1997-98 Champions League. He spent the 1998-99 season on loan with fellow German side FC Koln before heading to Portugal a year later when he signed with Sporting Lisbon. After one season in Portugal, Kirovski moved to England, spending one season in the Championship with Crystal Palace before moving on to the Premier League, signing with Birmingham City. He scored twice in 23 league matches for the Blues during the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons, helping them retain their Premier League status.
After more than a decade in Europe, Kirovski first arrived in MLS in February 2004, signing with the Galaxy. An All-Star in his first year with the club when he scored an MLS-career-high eight goals, Kirovski spent the first year and a half of his time in MLS with the Galaxy, tallying 12 goals and six assists in 48 games. He was traded to Colorado in September 2005 and helped the Rapids reach back-to-back Western Conference Championships in 2005 and 2006 before finishing as the club’s top scorer in 2007. After 12 goals in 61 games for the Rapids, as well as the first postseason goal of his career, Kirovski was traded to San Jose in midway through the 2008 season before he returned to the Galaxy in November 2008. Back with his first MLS club, Kirovski became a key veteran contributor to the club’s renaissance, playing in central midfield and occasionally up front. He played in 56 games over the last three seasons as well as five postseason matches in that time, scoring six goals and adding three assists as the Galaxy reestablished themselves as the premier club in Major League Soccer. He finished his MLS career with 30 goals and 13 assists in 174 regular season games while helping his teams win a pair of Supporters’ Shields and MLS Cup 2011 in the final two years of his playing career.
In addition to his club career, Kirovski, who holds his U.S. Soccer Federation’s “A” coaching license, made 62 appearances with the U.S. National Team, scoring nine times for his country during an 11-year international career. He made his National Team debut in October 1994 and scored his first goal a month later in a 3-0 win over Jamaica. He helped the U.S. qualify for the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006 while also appearing in the 1995 Copa America, the 1996 and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cups as well as the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cups. Kirovski collected his final cap in a U.S. uniform in April 2004, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1-0 win over Mexico in Dallas.
David Kammarman enters his sixth season with the Galaxy as the club’s Director of Soccer Operations. Hired in February 2009, Kammarman works closely with Bruce Arena and the Galaxy coaching staff in the areas of player personnel, scouting, evaluation, agent and MLS communication and CBA compliance, as well as acting as a liaison between the front office and the coaching staff.
Kammarman joined the Galaxy following an extensive career in soccer in the United States where he worked with three other MLS clubs, the Chicago Fire, D.C. United, and the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) as well as with ESPN on their broadcasts of MLS and U.S. National Team games, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
A native of Laurel, Md. Kammarman played four years of college soccer at University of Delaware before joining the Delaware Wizards of the United Soccer League.
In 1996, Kammarman joined D.C. United where he served a variety of functions, first in media relations and assisting on the equipment staff under then-United head coach Bruce Arena. Kammarman spent three seasons with United when the club won two MLS Cup titles before joining the Chicago Fire and former United assistant coach Bob Bradley in 1999. From 1999-2002, Kammarman was the Fire’s equipment manager as the club won the 2000 U.S. Open Cup and reached the 2000 MLS Cup Final.
Kammarman reunited with Bradley in 2003, moving to the MetroStars, first as the clubs equipment manager before being promoted to the technical staff as an assistant coach and Manager of Soccer Operations prior to the start of the 2004 season.
He remained in that role until August 2005 and joined ESPN in 2006. With ESPN, Kammarman spent five weeks in Germany and was responsible for research and scouting for the lead broadcast team, working on 20 matches including the Opening Game and World Cup Final in Berlin. He continued that role for all Major League Soccer and U.S. National Team games for in 2007.
After working with the Galaxy for over 10 years from 1996-2008, Pierra, the first trainer in Galaxy history, returned to the club as the Sports Science Department Director in September of 2014 after working for U.S. Soccer Federation. The veteran sports science professional is one of only two athletic trainers in Galaxy history, replacing Armando Rivas who accepted a position with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.
In the Galaxy’s inaugural season in 1996, Pierra began his initial stint with the Galaxy, where he worked as the athletic trainer for over 10 years before accepting a full-time position as Head Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2008. Prior to then, he had freelanced on the U.S. Soccer Federation staff, including time working with then head coach Bruce Arena. In all, Pierra has worked in four FIFA World Cup tournaments (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) with the U.S. Soccer Federation, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2010 and 2014 under head coaches Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Pierra began his professional career in in 1993 after he started working as an athletic trainer for the soccer team Los Angeles Salsa in the American Professional Soccer League. He attended Cal State-Fullerton University from 1990-1993, where he earned a degree in physical education before receiving his Masters of Science in kinesiology in 1999.
Alex Savva - Manager of Sports Science
Alex Savva ensures players are able to perform optimally by implementing nutrition and supplementation programs in line with their training and weight goals. This includes nutritional consultations; dietary planning; measuring body fat and weight periodically; hydration testing; blood testing to assess nutritional deficiencies; analyzing GPS data; and providing feedback to coaches and medical staff. Savva was brought to the Galaxy as the Manager of Sports Science under Herbalife’s guidance. Savva previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club working within the English Premier League side’s sports nutrition program. Savva studied Sports and Exercise Science at Loughborough University before obtaining a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at the same institution.
Kurt Andrews - Assistant Athletic Trainer
A native of Rochester, Mich., Kurt Andrews is in his third season as the Galaxy’s Assistant Athletic Trainer. An athletic training intern for the Galaxy in 2010, Andrews was hired permanently by the club in January 2012. His primary role is to assist the club’s head athletic trainer with all of the club’s first team training and health related matters.
After graduating from Stony Creek High School in 2003, Andrews attended Oakland University in Michigan, where he majored in Exercise Science and worked with the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams before graduating in 2008. He then went on to the University of Arkansas, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. During his time in Fayetteville, Andrews worked with the Razorbacks football, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field teams as an athletic training student. That opportunity allowed him to work with some of the nation’s top track stars and a number of current and future NFL stars.
Andrews received his certification in both Functional Movement Screening and Selective Functional Movement Assessment in 2011 while at Arkansas. He uses these to assist and help implement rehabilitative exercises to better develop the players in there movement process to avoid possible injuries that can accrue during the season. He went on two receive his Functional Movement Screening Level 2 certification, enhancing his perspective on improving fundamental movement patterns.
Andrews is also a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Shunta Shimizu enters his eighth season with the Galaxy as the club’s Chiropractor and Scar Tissue Specialist. He was invited to be an intern with the Galaxy in the beginning of 2005 season after treating Cobi Jones and Peter Vagenas.
Shimizu specializes with the active release technique, which breaks down scar tissue build up as a result of wear and tear of the body, injury, and post-surgery. His role in Galaxy is to keep athletes on the field and speed up the recovery process after an injury.
A former college soccer player, Shimizu graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2001 where he majored in Psychology. He then graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2004 and became a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in 2005. That same year he went on to become fully certified in Active Release Technique.
Daniel Guzman enters his first season as Head of Strength and Conditioning for the LA Galaxy. Previously Guzman started with EXOS at the StubHub center. While at EXOS, Guzman worked with a wide variety of athletes including: the U.S. Men’s National Team, Chivas USA, LA Galaxy II, as well as MLB, NFL, and NBA athletes. Guzman worked with the LA Galaxy II to help launch the team’s first season and work to implement strength, conditioning, and recovery systems for the team. Guzman earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. While at Westmont, Guzman played for the Men’s Soccer Team for four years and was named Captain by his teammates in his final year. Guzman is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) through the NSCA.
A member of the Galaxy staff since the team’s inaugural season in 1996, Raul Vargas enters his 19th season as the club’s equipment manager. One of the longest tenured employees with the Galaxy and in all of MLS, Vargas was honored in 2008 as the MLS Equipment Manager of the Year. His numerous responsibilities include the ordering and maintaining of game uniforms, practice gear and equipment, making certain these items are ready to go when the players are, wherever in the world the team may be playing.
A native of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Vargas is the only member of the team staff to have been a part of all gour of the club’s MLS Cup titles, as well as the 2001 and 2005 U.S. Open Cup titles and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
In addition to his work with the Galaxy, Vargas has long been involved in the sport of soccer in Southern California. A former goalkeeper, he spent several years playing in various local leagues in Los Angeles County as well as playing for five-time Lincoln League champion Deportivo Obrera and for Cobras of the Olympic Soccer League.
Rafael Verdin - Equipment Coordinator
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Rafael Verdin is in his fourth season with the Galaxy as the club’s Equipment Coordinator. Verdin, who originally joined the club in May 2010, assists Galaxy Equipment Manager Raul Vargas in his daily tasks while also handling most equipment related tasks during the club’s training sessions at StubHub Center. He is also in charge of organizing the player’s uniforms for games and daily training sessions.
Verdin graduated from Millikan High School in Long Beach, where he played four years of soccer, in 2009. In addition to his work with the Galaxy, Verdin is currently a student at Long Beach City College. He played one year of college soccer at Cypress College before joining the Galaxy on a permanent basis.
EXOS, formerly Athletes’ Performance, returns for its seventh season as the Official Performance Training Provider to the Galaxy. EXOS is recognized as the industry leader in offering the highest level of integrated performance training and performance physical therapy, as well as the most fully integrated training systems in the world. EXOS systems have helped to power the best of the best in sport: Green Jacket winners, Grand Slam Titles, World Series Winners, Stanley Cup Champions, Super Bowl and NBA Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists, World Cup Medalists and All-Stars from every major sport.
With training facilities at StubHub Center, EXOS is positioned to provide its world-renowned integrated training system to help the Galaxy players achieve their individual peak performance levels. Through the integration of performance training, physical therapy and nutrition, EXOS staff members create customized solutions for each Galaxy player helping to maximize productivity on the field and decrease injury potential.
Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group
The Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group provides the official club doctors for the LA Galaxy, with the team of Dr. Bert Mandelbaum and Dr. Byron Patterson leading the group’s efforts with the club. SMOG has grown to be the premier orthopaedic practice in Western Los Angeles, and now consists of 12 physicians all of whom meet the highest standards of education, training and experience. In addition to their physicians, the group has assembled many of the top nurses, technicians and therapists ready to assist patients in any way possible, and their integrated practice includes the following services for better patient care and convenience:
- Digital X-Ray
- Extremity MRI
- Physical Therapy
- Outpatient Surgery Center
- Affiliated with St. John’s Hospital
In addition to providing these services for their patients, SMOG physicians are constantly involved in the development of new techniques and treatments to remain on the cutting edge of orthopaedic medicine. This includes work with the National Institute of Health as well as some of the world’s leading medical technology companies. In addition, SMOG has developed a nationally recognized fellowship program that annually trains 2-3 orthopaedic surgeons from around the country in the most advanced techniques of patient care for all aspects of sports medicine.