Countdown to Termination: Alexi Lalas

Countdown to Termination: Alexi Lalas

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 23, 2008
  • 6 Comments

Another famous watch list here on WVHooligan. I thought about spending time on the coaching hot seat (that will come next week for those who are interested) but instead I wanted to shift focus to a person’s job that actually is in danger. This time its solely focused on Alexi Lalas’s situation in Los Angeles.

I think it is safe to say that things aren’t going too well (again) in LA between Lalas and his coaching staff. Last week the Galaxy traded for troubled defensive midfielder Joe Franchino from New England. A move that appears to be alright with coach Rudd Gullit due to his playing of Franchino last Saturday.

But one has to wonder, exactly how much knowledge of trades and moves does Gullit have right now?

Case and point, Grahame Jones of the LA Times wrote in his daily soccer report yesterday that Gullit is not totally in the loop on the transaction front with Lalas.

“Last week he was asked about the acquisition of defenders Scott Bolkan and Vardan Adzemian and their subsequent loan to the Portland Timbers. Gullit looked blank. He had never heard of either player.”

It has to make you wonder that the more this carries on between the coach and the GM, the more the GM will be looking at a pink slip. Most of us know that this move is bound to happen sometime within the next year or so. The product on the field hasn’t improved and most can and will point fingers right at Lalas.

Its mostly due to moves that make little or no sense for the club. I’m no Galaxy fan but I am willing to bet that this club hasn’t gelled all that much as a team by what I’ve seen on the field. The more moves that happen and the crazier the acquisitions get, the more I think the clock is ticking for Lalas here.

I also wonder that if things continue to stay the same week in and week out here, the losing and the constant 2-2 draws if guys like David Beckham or Landon Donovan will begin to speak out on the roster moves that have been made by Lalas. Most us would probably agree that once Lalas leaves this club as it’s GM they will be fine for the most part once they get someone who actually knows what they are doing in the position.

I know a GM job in any sport isn’t easy but I would have to imagine that one of the main parts is having a good relationship with your coach. From my guessing Lalas has yet to have a good record with his coaches over the three clubs he has been with.

So right now I am going to say that by August we will see Lalas out of work and out of the Galaxy front office. What do you all think? Will he get canned sooner or later this year?

  • TJ

    As a longtime Galaxy season ticket holder / supporter and overall fan of the game – I have been praying for the past 2 years to see Lalas given the boot. He has no business being a GM as seen during his brief stints in San Jose and NY. Honestly, I have resigned myself to the fact that AEG is not truly interested in winning championships, but rather putting known players on the field to put on a good show – win or lose. Lalas is just a showman, a ringleader for AEG – a former face of US Soccer for their sideshow – the LA Galaxy starring David Beckham and Landon Donovan. My heart goes out to to the Hamilton family. Doug Hamilton was a true GM – new how to scout talent, build staff and manage an organization. That is your model for the next GM for the Galaxy. That is if AEG is serious about keeping its fan base and putting a winning product on the field.

  • drew.epperley

    The Galaxy haven't been nearly the same since Doug Hamilton's untimely death. I think most Galaxy fans and others around the league would agree. Your totally right TJ, Hamilton was the definition of a true GM. Look at the good GMs in this league, they work well with their coaches and know how to scout talent just as much as the coaches.

  • RHYbread

    I'd say if the Galaxy don't make the playoffs this year, Lalas is gone.<br />
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    While, the situation isn't exactly Isiah Thomas-esque, it seems Lalas has somehow built up a cachet with AEG. I know AEG did a lot for soccer and MLS, but they're doing it no favors by letting Galaxy and the Beckham venture remain a farce.

  • RHYbread

    I’d say if the Galaxy don’t make the playoffs this year, Lalas is gone.

    While, the situation isn’t exactly Isiah Thomas-esque, it seems Lalas has somehow built up a cachet with AEG. I know AEG did a lot for soccer and MLS, but they’re doing it no favors by letting Galaxy and the Beckham venture remain a farce.

  • TJ

    As a longtime Galaxy season ticket holder / supporter and overall fan of the game – I have been praying for the past 2 years to see Lalas given the boot. He has no business being a GM as seen during his brief stints in San Jose and NY. Honestly, I have resigned myself to the fact that AEG is not truly interested in winning championships, but rather putting known players on the field to put on a good show – win or lose. Lalas is just a showman, a ringleader for AEG – a former face of US Soccer for their sideshow – the LA Galaxy starring David Beckham and Landon Donovan. My heart goes out to to the Hamilton family. Doug Hamilton was a true GM – new how to scout talent, build staff and manage an organization. That is your model for the next GM for the Galaxy. That is if AEG is serious about keeping its fan base and putting a winning product on the field.

  • The Galaxy haven’t been nearly the same since Doug Hamilton’s untimely death. I think most Galaxy fans and others around the league would agree. Your totally right TJ, Hamilton was the definition of a true GM. Look at the good GMs in this league, they work well with their coaches and know how to scout talent just as much as the coaches.