MLS: Galaxy fires Osiander

The Los Angeles Galaxy has fired coach Lothar Osiander, Galaxy president and general manager Danny Villanueva announced at a press conference June 10. Assistant coach Octavo Zambrano, a former head coach with the USISL's L.A. Cobras and the founder of the A-League club Orange County Zodiac, has been named interim coach and is a candidate for the permanent position. "We felt we had to try something different," Villaneuva said. "We have all the necessary elements to be a good team, but we've had trouble this year putting it all together. Lothar is a good coach and has served our organization well. We have more than half a season remaining and we plan on being a force into the playoffs." Osiander led the Galaxy to a regular season record of 19-13 last year, including 12 straight wins to start the season, and a spot in MLS Cup '96. But L.A. has slumped to a 3-9 record along with a league-worst seven points so far in 1997. Osiander ends his tenure with a 26-24 overall record. "Letting Lothar go was not an easy decision and it was one we struggled with for months," Villaneuva said. "We gave him every possible opportunity to make a turn for the better, but it just didn't turn out." Villaneuva also took the opportunity to talk about Paul Caligiuri, who has not played for the Galaxy in league action since joining the club this spring. "My objective right now -- I'll just state it publicly -- is to activate Cal in some way, shape or form so that he can play against Tampa Bay on Sunday [June 15]."
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