LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid has hired Dominic Kinnear as an Assistant Coach, the club announced today. Throughout his career as a head coach in MLS, Kinnear has won two MLS Cups and recorded 166 wins, the third most in the league’s history. Kinnear will start with the LA Galaxy on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
“Dominic’s resume speaks for itself as one of the most successful coaches in MLS history,” said Schmid. “He is a successful and experienced coach who will provide a great deal of value to our staff and our players. He is highly regarded throughout our league and we are thrilled to add both a coach and person of his caliber to this group.”
Kinnear’s 166 wins in MLS rank only behind Schmid (228 wins) and current 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.
“We are excited to welcome Dominic Kinnear to our club,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “With his resume as a coach, talent evaluator and architect of successful teams in our league, Dominic will be an invaluable addition to Sigi, Pete and our soccer operations staff as we continue to build our team. We are confident that this group will help us construct a competitive team for the rest of this season and into the future. With Sigi and Dom on staff we now have the most experienced and successful coaching staff in our league.”
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.