On Friday, the LA Galaxy announced a series of announcements regarding their coaching staff around the club. LA Galaxy II head coach Yoann Damet has been promoted to assistant Galaxy first-team coach under Greg Vanney, while Marcelo Sarvas has been named Galaxy II head coach going forward.
Damet, in his first season with the Galaxy organization, compiled a record 9W-11L-6D in the USL Championship this season, with the team sitting just below the playoff line with eight games left in the season. regular. At just 32 years old, Damet has experience as FC Cincinnati’s interim head coach in 2019 and 2020.
“We are delighted to add Yoann to the first team coaching staff and appreciate the good work he has done with GII this season,” Vanney said in a team statement. “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.”
Sarvas, 40, is moving into professional training after serving as head coach of the Galaxy U-19 side, joining the club’s academy ranks in 2020. The Brazilian was a beloved midfielder in the Los Angeles’ Halcyon last spell, winning the MLS Cup in 2012 and 2014 during his three seasons at the club.
“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.
As part of the promotions, another beloved ex-Galaxy midfielder, Juninho, has been appointed as the head coach of the Galaxy U-19 team. The U-19 team is expected to play in the local UPSL, their first game in this league this weekend. The 33-year-old retired from playing in 2020 and although his last stint with LA in 2019 was not successful, he is probably the most popular non-superstar in the Galaxy’s three MLS Cups in four year.
Congratulations and good luck to all three men on their new appointments.
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