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The Los Angeles Football Club has announced Steve Cherundolo as the second head coach in club history.
One of the most decorated U.S. players of all-time, Cherundolo brings over 22 years of experience playing in Germany’s Bundesliga, as well as a diverse coaching portfolio that includes time as a Bundesliga first-team assistant, youth head coach and a position in the German National Team youth development program.
“I am extremely excited to introduce Steve as our next head coach,” LAFC Co-President and General Manager John Thorrington said. “We know what works for LAFC and also what works in MLS, and Steve has a unique blend of international and domestic experience at the highest levels that matches those needs. We have seen this past year how great a fit he is with the LAFC culture, how well he knows our players and our philosophy, and that he is the ideal choice to lead us to on-field success.”
Cherundolo, 42, earned the prestigious UEFA Pro License in 2020 after ending a distinguished playing career with Germany’s Hannover 96. He appeared in 415 matches, setting a record for the most appearances by an American for one club.
“I am ecstatic to be named the head coach of LAFC,” Cherundolo said. “Having been a part of the club for the past year, I was able to see firsthand that the fans, city and organization are all extraordinary. Furthering the club’s endeavors on and off the field are my main focus, and I can’t wait to get started.”
A 2021 inductee into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, Cherundolo made 87 appearances for the U.S. National Team, including becoming one of 11 players in U.S. history to be named to three World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010). Cherundolo played every minute at the position of right back for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup.
“We believe Steve is the right coach for LAFC at this important time in our history,” LAFC Lead Managing Owner Larry Berg said. “We have always had high expectations for our club both on and off the field, and I know our incredible fans do as well. We have a talented group of players, and I am confident we are going to add even more exciting talent to that group very soon. We believe that Steve is the coach who will harness that talent, win important matches, and give our fans a team they are proud to support.”
Known as “They Mayor of Hannover” for his long-time position of captain for Hannover 96, Cherundolo began his coaching career developing talent in the Hannover youth system from 2014-18, and served as the head coach for the U-17 squad.
Cherundolo played at Mt. Carmel High School in the San Diego area and the La Jolla Nomads youth club before playing two at the University of Portland. He joined Hannover 96 in 1999, making his debut in German football at the age of 19.
For information, visit lafc.com.
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