LA Galaxy add Yoann Damet to first-team coaching staff

LOS ANGELES (Friday, August 26, 2022) – The LA Galaxy announced today that LA Galaxy II Head Coach Yoann Damet has joined Head Coach Greg Vanney’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. Marcelo Sarvas, who served as the LA Galaxy Academy U-19 head coach this year, has been named the LA Galaxy II head coach.

“We are delighted to add Yoann to the first team coaching staff and appreciate the good work he has done with GII this season,” LA Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney said. “Like our player journey, it was part of Yoann’s wider development plan when we brought him to the Galaxy. His skills, knowledge of the game and understanding of MLS will be important to our players and team so that we continue to progress.”

Through 26 games played during the 2022 USL Championship regular season, Damet led Galaxy II to a 9-11-6 record. Los Dos’ 42 goals this season ranks eighth in the USL Championship. Prior to joining the Galaxy organization, Damet, 32, served as an assistant coach for the United StatesMen’s Youth U-20 national team which competed in the Revelations Cup in November 2021. Prior to his stint with USMYNT, Damet, who holds a US Soccer Pro License, was on the coaching staff of FC Cincinnati (2017-21), where he was an assistant coach and served as interim head coach in 2019 and 2020.

“We are delighted to appoint Marcelo as Head Coach of LA Galaxy II,” said Michael Muñoz, LA Galaxy’s Director of Methodology and Development. “As the head coach of our older teams within the academy, Marcelo has a solid understanding of our club philosophy and how to produce young pros. He has worked closely with Yoann, his team and the Galaxy II players throughout the year and we are confident that he will continue to strengthen the players’ path to the first team.

Sarvas, 40, joined LA Galaxy Academy in 2020 after spending time with Colorado Rapids Academy (2019-20). The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who holds ‘A’ and ‘B’ licenses from the USA Soccer Federation, has been named the head coach of LA Galaxy Academy U-19 after leading the Galaxy Academy U-17 the 2022 Gen. adidas Cup Round of 16 and the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs Round of 32. In three seasons with the Galaxy (2012-14), Sarvas helped LA win the MLS Cups in 2012 and 2014.

Juninho, who coached alongside Sarvas, will serve as LA Galaxy Academy’s U-19 head coach. Prior to his stint with the U-19s, Juninho, 33, was Galaxy Academy’s U-14 coach from 2020-21 before joining Sarvas with the U-17s. The Galaxy Academy U-19 team will make their regular season debut in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) on Saturday, August 27. (2011, 2012, 2014) and two Supporters’ Shield titles (2010, 2011).