Coaching Staff

Dennis te Kloese – General Manager

Te Kloese joins after serving as the director of national teams for the Mexican Football Federation, and will oversee all aspects of LA Galaxy soccer operations, including first-team, LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy decisions. Te Kloese joined the club in December 2018. 

In his General Manager role, te Kloese will be responsible for any player acquisition and scouting, managing the coaching staff, technical staff and youth development programs in addition to operating the soccer operations budget and team salary cap. He will oversee Technical Director Jovan Kirovski.

Te Kloese, who is fluent in English, Spanish, German and Dutch, has worked for the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) since 2011, most recently as the director of national teams, where he oversaw men’s and women’s youth and senior-level programs. Prior to his time as director, Te Kloese served as the director of FMF youth national teams, where he was influential in helping lead the program to notable accomplishments during his time there, including capturing the 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Medal for the men’s soccer, defeating Brazil in the final.

Born in Netherlands, te Kloese originally began working in Mexico in 2003 as Chivas de Guadalajara’s scouting director. In 2005, he worked in Major League Soccer for Chivas USA, which marked a period that saw the club make four-straight postseason appearances, the only playoff berths in their history. During his time in MLS, te Kloese was responsible for acquiring future U.S. Men’s National Team players Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljestan, and Jorge Villafaña.

In 2008, the Dutchman returned to Mexico as the Academy Director of Tigres in Liga MX. He joined FMF in 2011 to oversee the national team’s youth teams, including when the men’s team won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal behind a squad that featured Jesús Corona, Carlos Salcido, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino, Raúl Jimenez, Diego Reyes, and Giovani dos Santos.

After spending another year with Chivas de Guadalajara in 2013, he returned to FMF in 2014 as the Director of Youth National Teams and later the Director of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

Te Kloese played as a defender in the Netherlands for various clubs during his time as a professional, including Ajax in Amsterdam. He attended the University of Amsterdam, where he studied law, before his time working in front office and technical staff positions.


Jovan Kirovski - Technical Director

Jovan Kirovski, who retired following the 2011 season and served as an assistant coach for the Galaxy during the 2012 campaign, was named the first Technical Director in the club’s history in January 2013.

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, Kirovski 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.


Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Head Coach

Schelotto joined the LA Galaxy in January 2019 after completing his third season with Boca Juniors, where he led the historic club to two Argentine Primera División championships.

As a player, Schelotto won six league titles and four Copa Libertadores in 10 seasons with Boca Juniors before signing with Columbus Crew in 2007, where he won one MLS Cup, two Supporters’ Shields, and was named 2008 Landon Donovan MLS MVP and 2008 MLS Cup MVP.

Schelotto began his managerial career with Club Atlético Lanús of Argentina’s Primera División in 2012. He won the Copa Sudamericana in 2013 with the club.

After four seasons with Lanús, Schelotto was named manager of Boca Juniors in March 2016. In his first full season, Boca won the Argentine Primera División, a feat they would repeat in the 2017-18 campaign.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, Schelotto’s career as a player began with his boyhood club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in 1991. He spent five seasons with Gimnasia before being signed by the Argentinian powerhouse Boca Juniors, where he would record 300 appearances and over 80 goals as a forward.

In 2007, Schelotto left Argentina to sign with Columbus Crew. Schelotto became the Crew’s first-ever designated player in 2008. That season, he tallied seven goals and 19 assists and was named 2008 Landon Donovan MLS MVP. He led the Crew to a Supporters’ Shield and their first MLS Cup win in that same season. He was named 2008 MLS Cup MVP for his three assists in the Crew’s 3-1 win over New York Red Bulls at Dignity Health Sports Park. He won the Supporters’ Shield again for the Crew in 2009.

In 2011, Schelotto returned to his first club, Gimnasia y Esgrima, and retired there as a player in that same season.


Gustavo Barros Schelotto – Assistant Coach

Gustavo served his twin brother as an assistant at both Lanús and Boca Juniors during Guillermo’s stints at each club. He joined the LA Galaxy coaching staff in January 2019.

Gustavo enjoyed a 16-year career as a professional, playing alongside his brother for Argentine clubs Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Boca Juniors. His professional career included other Argentine Primera División teams (Unión Santa Fe, Racing Club, Rosario Central) as well as stops in Spain (Villarreal), Peru (Alianza Lima) and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Islanders).


Dominic Kinnear – Assistant Coach

Named to coaching staff on Aug. 29, 2017, Kinnear has won two MLS Cups and recorded 169 wins, the third most in the league’s history.

He was appointed an interim head coach for the final six games of the 2018 MLS season and then returned to an assistant role for Schelotto’s staff. Kinnear’s 169 wins in MLS rank only behind Schmid (228 wins) and former USMNT and former Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena (202). The former U.S. international is one of just four coaches in MLS history to have captured multiple MLS Cups as head coach, and one of just two to win in consecutive seasons. In 2006 and 2007, he led the Houston Dynamo to MLS Cup titles. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach for the San Jose Earthquakes’ MLS Cup victories in 2001 and 2003. He ranks third all-time in MLS Cup Playoff wins with 15 and reached the post-season in nine of his 13 seasons as a head coach.

Before his time as a coach, Kinnear played professional soccer across a 12-year career. His career began playing for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, San Jose Hawks and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers before signing with Necaxa of the Mexican First Division, leading them to the Mexican Cup in 1995. Following that, he signed with the APSL’s Seattle Sounders and was again a part of a championship-winning team. Kinnear was a member of the Colorado Rapids during Major League Soccer’s debut season in 1996, making 14 appearances. He was traded to the San Jose Clash the following season, making 28 appearances and scoring twice. He finished his playing career by spending three seasons with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1998-2000), serving as team captain in 1999.

Internationally, he recorded 54 caps, nine goals and two assists for the U.S. national team. In 1993, he led the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist. On May 17, 1992, in Denver, Colorado. Kinnear captained the USMNT for their match against his native Scotland.


Ariel Pereyra – Assistant Coach

He joined the LA Galaxy coaching staff in January 2019.

Pereyra was born in Berazategui, Argentina and played alongside Guillermo and Gustavo at their boyhood club Gimnasia. Pereyra retired from the professional ranks in 2008 to join Gimnasia as a youth coach. He later joined Guillermo’s staff at Lanús, moving with him to Boca in 2016..


Juan José Romero – Goalkeeper Coach

He joined the LA Galaxy coaching staff in January 2019.

Romero joins Schelotto and the Galaxy after serving on his staff for two and a half seasons at Boca Juniors. Prior to that, Romero was a member of the Argentina National Team staff. He worked for four years with La Albiceleste, ending his national team stint with a runner-up finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Rohan Sachdev – Video Analyst

Sachdev joined the club’s technical staff as the Video Analyst prior to the 2018 season.

Prior to the Galaxy, Sachdev worked for the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the USL affiliate of the Houston Dynamo as their Performance Analyst. He also worked in the collegiate game for Clemson University (2015-2017), serving as their Performance Analyst/Director of Operations for the men’s soccer program. During his time with the Tigers, the squad became 2015 NCAA National Finalists and 2016 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Finalist, finishing the 2016 season as #1 RPI ranking.

Sachdev attended Ithaca College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Minor in Finance. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Athletic Leadership from Clemson University.

His main roles are to assist the coaching staff by analyzing opposition film, creating scout and post match presentations for team feedback and live match analysis.


Juan Carlos Ortega – Director of Methodology and Development

The club hired Juan Carlos Ortega as the LA Galaxy Director of Methodology and Development in July 2019. Ortega joins the LA Galaxy after serving as the technical-tactical coordinator for the Mexican Football Federation and will oversee all LA Galaxy Academy decisions.

Ortega has worked for the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) since 2009 in two roles, most recently serving as the tactical technical coordinator, where he oversaw the youth national teams. During his time with FMF, Ortega won a U-17 World Cup with Mexico and qualified for U-17 World Cups (2015, 2017) and U-20 World Cups (2015, 2017, 2019). Ortega also served as the head coach for the Mexican U-15 Youth National Team.

Prior to his time as the tactical technical coordinator for FMF, Ortega spent six years as an assistant coach at Chivas de Guadalajara from 2003 to 2009. He returned to Chivas in August 2013 as head coach before being appointed as the Director of Sporting Development for the club a few months later.

Born in Atotonilco el Alto, Mexico, Ortega played as a defender for various Mexican clubs during his time as a professional, including Tigres de la UANL, Club Léon, Correcaminos de la UAT and Club Deportivo Tapatio. He retired as a professional player in 2003 and began his work in front staff and technical staff positions soon after.


Junior Gonzalez - Interim LA Galaxy II Head Coach

Gonzalez joined the Galaxy on Nov. 8, 2017 after serving as the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Head Coach since the start of the 2017 USL season.

Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach of Seattle Sounders FC and was previously an assistant coach and served as the director of scouting at Chivas USA from 2013-2014. Gonzalez has also served as the U.S. Boys’ U-15 National Team assistant coach, as well as the head scout for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The California native also served as the Sounders’ head academy scout and U-14 head coach.

Gonzalez’ coaching career began in 2001 as an assistant coach for the University of California, Riverside men’s program. Three years later he became the head coach, and under his tenure 30 players were named All-Big West Conference – including two Big West Conference Players of the Year – and six players went on to MLS and USL careers. In 2011, Gonzalez was named the Big West Coach of the Year.

As a player, Gonzalez won the 1997 NCAA National Championship with UCLA. His collegiate career included four trips to the NCAA tournament and three Mountain Pacific Conference Championships. Gonzalez continued his playing career with the USL’s San Diego Flash, and his career continued throughout California before his final stop with the Utah Blitz.


Claine Plummer - LA Galaxy II Goalkeeper Coach

Plummer joins LA Galaxy II to add to a career of coaching stints Chivas USA, Cal State LA, UCLA, Jamaican National Team and Real Salt Lake Academy. He joined the club in January 2017. 

Plummer helped lead Jamaica to its CONCACAF Gold Cup Final appearance in 2015. As a player, Plummer was a member of A.D. Limonese in the Costa Rican First Division after four years as a starting goalkeeper for Cal State LA. As a youth player, he featured for Costa Rica at the U-19 and U-23 levels.

 


Ivan Pierra - Director of Sports Science

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.

Using sports science and medicine programs, Pierra is responsible for monitoring all aspects of player health and fitness for the LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy.


Javier Valdecantos- Performance Coach

Valdecantos joined the team as a Performance Coach in January 2019.

Valdecantos was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and joined Schelotto’s staff at Boca Juniors when he was hired in 2016. Valdecantos has worked for professional clubs in Argentina, Spain, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico.


Adam Waterson - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Waterson joined the club’s performance team as Head of Strength and Conditioning in January 2018.

Waterson has extensive experience in working with various professional soccer teams throughout Australia and Asia in the National Soccer League, A-League and K-League. These teams include Parramatta Power, 2004 Australian Olympic Soccer Team, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and FC Seoul.

Waterson graduated from Catholic University in Exercise and Sports Science. Adam is a Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA). He also holds an Elite Coach qualification through the ASCA. Adam is currently obtaining his FFA C-Coaching license. 

His main roles are to assist the Director of Sports Performance on the field, assist the training staff with end-stage rehab and lead the LA Galaxy strength program. Adam was born in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia.


William Sparkes - Sports Scientist

Sparkes joins the Galaxy for the 2018 season from the English Premier League, where he worked as a sports scientist for Swansea City AFC for the previous five years. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he graduated from Swansea University with a degree in sports science in 2013 and has worked in soccer since. 

Sparkes has published a series of research studies monitoring the fatigue and recovery profiles following soccer matches and has a master’s degree in applied physiology. Alongside his work as a practitioner, Sparkes continues his studies for a PhD in the area of training periodization; more specifically by researching the physiological responses to concurrent training methods in soccer players. 

Sparkes’ primary role with the Galaxy is to monitor the physical performance of players during training and matches, with the aim of maximizing performance whilst minimizing injury risk. He also assists the Director of Sports Performance and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach in the design and delivery of fitness programs.


Brooke Ellison - Sports Performance Dietitian

2018 marked Ellison’s first season with the Galaxy as the head Sports Performance Dietitian. She previously acted as the sports nutrition intern for the club for two seasons and became the interim sports performance dietitian in August 2017. Her role is to oversee the nutrition of all players with an individualized approach to meet positional demands, enhance athletic performance, promote more effective recovery, and assist in illness and injury prevention.

Ellison’s interest in nutrition began as a competitive youth athlete and became a passion during her time as an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico where she was an All-American member of the Division 1 women’s soccer team. Nutrition was extremely impactful for her own performance, recovery and injury prevention, and this experience created a desire to pursue a career helping elite athletes maximize their own performance with nutrition.

Ellison is Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist credentialed and also holds a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from California State University, Long Beach.


Nicolette Leffler - Sports Performance Dietitian & Education Coordinator

Leffler joined the Galaxy Sports Science Department staff in January 2018 as the Sports Performance Dietitian and Education Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked with NCAA Division 1 collegiate athletes in sports nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In her role as sports performance dietitian, Leffler focuses on the athletes’ specific nutrition and hydration needs to help them achieve peak performance, recover efficiently from training sessions and matches, and exhibit resilience to illness and injury. As the education coordinator, she implements and manages nutrition education programs and coordinates the educational course logistics for high-level youth athletes in the Galaxy Academy.

Leffler attended UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology before receiving her Master’s of Science in nutritional science. Leffler was a four-year member and captain of the UCLA Dance Team and later danced professionally for the Los Angeles Laker Girls dance team. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialed through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Cesar Roldan - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Roldan, a native of Los Angeles, CA and joins the LA Galaxy in 2018 after serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Colorado Rapids. He has previous experience working as the Head Athletic Trainer for Orange County Blues Soccer Club and previous internships with Chivas USA, Seattle Sounders, and Los Angeles Galaxy. He received his undergraduate Kinesiology Degree from California State University, Long Beach and Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Roldan’s primary role with the organization is to assist the Head Athletic Trainer in day-to-day preventative and rehabilitative medicine while working in conjunction with the Performance and Nutrition department to ensure the highest quality of care available to athletes.


Shunta Shimizu - Chiropractor and Scar Tissue Specialist

Shunta Shimizu has served as the Galaxy's Chiropractor and Scar Tissue Specialist since the 2010 season. 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.


Raul Vargas - Equipment Manager

A member of the Galaxy staff since the team’s inaugural season in 1996, Raul Vargas is 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 five 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.


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.