Friday, January 28, 2022

Galaxy Grandmaster Dennis Te Klese leaves for the Dutch club

Galaxy lost another general manager, the fourth in six years, after Dennis te Klese left for the Netherlands as CEO of Feyenoord of the Dutch Eredivisie.

Galaxy reportedly exercised an option on Te Klese’s contract hours before it was due to expire this fall, but Te Klese chose not to stay, adding to the outcome when the club has used five managers and three general managers since Bruce Arena left. 2016. Galaktika made the playoffs just once during this time, increasing their club record streak to seven in seasons without participating in the MLS Cup final.

“I am sincerely grateful and very proud to have served the galaxy for the past three years,” Te Klese said in a statement released by the team. “I will take some great memories with me and I have had some unforgettable moments in recent years.”

With the departure of Te Klese, coach Greg Vanni, who was manager and technical director at his previous club in Toronto, is expected to be making staffing decisions for players as the MLS is about to enter its busiest part of its offseason. Teams must complete player contracts by Tuesday, then a league swap period will begin on December 12, followed by year-end exemptions, an expansion project, and a free agency. The European transfer window opens on January 1st.

More than half of Te Klese’s tenure at Galaxy was during the pandemic, making it difficult to recruit and sign contracts, forcing the team to play many games without fans or with severely limited attendance. Regardless, he helped redo the squad twice, first under Argentine coach Guillermo Barros Skelotto and then under new coach Greg Vanni last season.

Te Clese was instrumental in helping the team sign Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, whom he has known from his youth at Chivas, and Argentina’s World Cup player Christian Pavon. He also orchestrated the challenging departure of designated player Gio dos Santos, clearing the way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return for a second season.

He also signed defenseman Giancarlo Gonzalez, which turned out to be a multimillion dollar mistake.

Te Klese, 47, was born in the Netherlands and played for four teams as a quarterback before knee injuries forced him to retire at age 25.

He has worked in North America since 2003, performing in various roles with Chivas and Chivas USA, the Tigres of the Liga MX and the Mexican Federation, before returning to the MLS with Galaxy in the winter of 2018.

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