The LA Galaxy have added Ezra Hendrickson to the team’s technical staff as an assistant coach, the club announced today. The former LA Galaxy defender and MLS stalwart returns to Los Angeles after nine seasons with Seattle Sounders FC, where he served as an assistant to Sigi Schmid since 2009 before being named Seattle Sounders FC 2’s first-ever Head Coach in November 2014.
“I am very excited to work with Ezra again and bring him to Los Angeles,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “He has a broad range of experiences as a player and a coach that will be very valuable to our club. We have had a lot of success working together over the years and we look forward to that continuing here at the Galaxy.”
While serving as an assistant under Schmid in Seattle, Hendrickson helped the club to four U.S. Open Cups (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) and one Supporters’ Shield (2014). Seattle qualified for MLS Cup Playoffs in each season he served as an assistant.
Prior to his coaching career, Hendrickson completed a 14-year professional soccer career, half of which he spent with the LA Galaxy. A member of the Galaxy’s first MLS Cup team in 2002, Hendrickson made 139 appearances for LA all-time and was named the team’s MVP in 2001. During his career as a player, he was a member of three MLS Cup championship teams, winning two under Schmid. Together, they won the 2002 MLS Cup with the LA Galaxy and the 2008 MLS Cup in Columbus. Hendrickson was also with the D.C. United championship team in 2004.
Hendrickson, a native of the St. Vincent island in the Caribbean, served 12 years as captain of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national team.
He currently holds his U.S. Soccer “A” Coaching License, which he earned in December of 2008.
The LA Galaxy will open the 2018 MLS Season on Sunday, March 4 at StubHub Center against Portland Timbers (7 p.m. PT, FS1). Tickets to the match are on sale now, available here.