Gullit and Lalas Leave Galaxy

Gullit and Lalas Leave Galaxy

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 11, 2008
  • 18 Comments
  • Alexi Lalas, Firings, Ruud Gullit

We’ve all talked about the writings on the wall for weeks…no make that months. Now it all appears to be final. LA Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit and General Manager Alexi Lalas have both left the Galaxy. Gullit is leaving for personal reasons and Lalas is just out of a job.

“We are stepping up and doing what we need to do to straighten this thing out,” Galaxy investor/operator Tim Leiweke told The Associated Press on Monday as he announced the changes.

“There are two good people that for different reasons aren’t part of this organization today, and that’s a shame,” Leiweke said. “The fact is, the players have to look deep inside themselves and understand they have to be responsible for some of this.

“The Galaxy hasn’t made the playoffs for a couple years. Punting on this season is not acceptable. It starts Thursday.”

I am a little shocked to see Gullit out here but this will just open the floodgates for the Galaxy I believe. Don’t be shocked to see more moves in the coming hours here, that is unless someone wise enough steps in for Lalas who is probably just getting the boot all together.

Lalas we all knew would be out the door before long. His job will now be done by Paul Bravo and Tom Payne.

Once I get more details on this I will pass it along to you all.

What do you all make of this news?

  • Bonji

    I am not surprised to see Lalas go. He's been a mess around this league. Goes to show being a successful player will not make you a successful executive. Hopefully MLS has learned their lesson on Lalas and he will have a tough time finding employment as the top dog. <br />
    <br />
    When Gullit signed on with LA I knew he wouldn't be long for this league. He is an international soccer celebrity and MLS' arcane rules don't compute to the big spending Euro guys.

  • Kaiser

    YES!!!!!!!<br />
    <br />
    I have waited for this day for a long time. Lalas is finally gone! No way another team hires him as a GM, but he could join that Extra Time show with his brother so they can have 3 idiots who don't know anything about soccer on it. Good riddance, Red!<br />
    <br />
    Sad to see Gullit go. I thought he did a decent job considering the geriatric roster and lack of talent. Would have liked to have seen him finish out the year. Nice to see Cobi get a shot, though.<br />
    <br />
    Still think the man who can save the Galaxy is Paul Mariner.

  • American Dust

    So when Donovan is sold to Europe this month, who will they blame it on? I'm sure selling Landy and spending some money on Defense will cure this mess, but the fans need a scapegoat.<br />
    <br />
    As for Gullit, didn't the Galaxy go on a nice roll last year to end the season? Maybe the recent downturn is BECAUSE of him, not in spite of him.

  • kovolikessoccer

    I don't want Dovovan to go. I miss him already.

  • Kaiser

    The recent downturn is because they don't have enough talent, especially on the backline and in the holding midfield role (just watch the last few games for proof of that!).<br />
    <br />
    Us LA Galaxy fans don't need a scapegoat…we need a GM who knows what he is doing!

  • I am not surprised to see Lalas go. He’s been a mess around this league. Goes to show being a successful player will not make you a successful executive. Hopefully MLS has learned their lesson on Lalas and he will have a tough time finding employment as the top dog.

    When Gullit signed on with LA I knew he wouldn’t be long for this league. He is an international soccer celebrity and MLS’ arcane rules don’t compute to the big spending Euro guys.

  • Kaiser

    YES!!!!!!!

    I have waited for this day for a long time. Lalas is finally gone! No way another team hires him as a GM, but he could join that Extra Time show with his brother so they can have 3 idiots who don’t know anything about soccer on it. Good riddance, Red!

    Sad to see Gullit go. I thought he did a decent job considering the geriatric roster and lack of talent. Would have liked to have seen him finish out the year. Nice to see Cobi get a shot, though.

    Still think the man who can save the Galaxy is Paul Mariner.

  • So when Donovan is sold to Europe this month, who will they blame it on? I’m sure selling Landy and spending some money on Defense will cure this mess, but the fans need a scapegoat.

    As for Gullit, didn’t the Galaxy go on a nice roll last year to end the season? Maybe the recent downturn is BECAUSE of him, not in spite of him.

  • I don’t want Dovovan to go. I miss him already.

  • Kaiser

    The recent downturn is because they don’t have enough talent, especially on the backline and in the holding midfield role (just watch the last few games for proof of that!).

    Us LA Galaxy fans don’t need a scapegoat…we need a GM who knows what he is doing!

  • Cannon Girl

    There you go Skippy cracking on people's ages again. You're still my boy but you aren't going stay young forever either—we are All future geriatrics—unless perhaps YOU are already one Skippy. Hmmm ….

  • Cannon Girl

    … correction—going to stay young forever either—

  • Cannon Girl

    There you go Skippy cracking on people’s ages again. You’re still my boy but you aren’t going stay young forever either—we are All future geriatrics—unless perhaps YOU are already one Skippy. Hmmm ….

  • Cannon Girl

    … correction—going to stay young forever either—

  • Kaiser

    Cannon Girl,<br />
    <br />
    Nothing wrong with geriatrics…I hope to be one someday! <br />
    <br />
    But when there are too many on a soccer field, there just isn't enough speed. The key is to find the balance between veteran experience and up-and-coming young players. The problem with the Galaxy is that they don't enough of the latter.

  • Kaiser

    Cannon Girl,

    Nothing wrong with geriatrics…I hope to be one someday!

    But when there are too many on a soccer field, there just isn’t enough speed. The key is to find the balance between veteran experience and up-and-coming young players. The problem with the Galaxy is that they don’t enough of the latter.

  • Cannon Girl

    Stop the presses—I'm agreeing with Skippy again—what's the world coming to?

  • Cannon Girl

    Stop the presses—I’m agreeing with Skippy again—what’s the world coming to?