ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported today (via Twitter) that LA Galaxy assistant Curt Onalfo has removed himself from consideration for the vacant Chivas USA post.
One word: smart.
The Goats job is a meat grinder; one of the best coaches in American soccer, Bob Bradley, could do no better than a playoff appearance with Chivas USA, an organization still looking for its first post-season advancement.
Most haven’t been able to do that much.
Onalfo had a failed coaching run at Sporting Kansas City and then had one cut too short at D.C. United (where upper management, certain that the talent they selected could not be the issue, gave him just more than half a season). So, if Onalfo gets another shot at MLS coaching, he absolutely has to get it right.
But there is so very little “right” about Chivas USA. (This is where I always add the apology to the good, sweet, clean Chivas USA supporters; hang tough, guys.)
Before Caleb Porter was official the “next big thing,” he was the emerging “next big thing” while building the Akron legacy. Porter interviewed for the D.C. United position in December of 2009 – but then withdrew his name from consideration.
I wrote at the time what a smart move that was, that Porter would get his chance, and he could do so without getting into the organizational mess at D.C. United. I wrote about how smart that was.
Two weeks later, United hired Onalfo. And we know how that worked out.