STEVE CHERUNDOLO - HEAD COACH
Steve Cherundolo has led LAFC to unprecedented success in his first two seasons at the helm of the Black & Gold, becoming the only manager in league history to win the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup in his first season as head coach in 2022. He followed that by reaching the final of the Concacaf Champions League and MLS Cup in his second season in 2023 – becoming the only MLS coach to reach both finals in the same calendar year – and just the third coach in MLS history to lead a team to the MLS Cup final in their first two seasons as head coach. Cherundolo led LAFC through an unprecedented 2023 season, coaching an MLS record 53 matches in all competitions.
“I am excited to continue our journey together after two emotional, invigorating, and successful years,” LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said. “I am proud and grateful to share the sideline again with an incredible coaching staff. I would also like to thank John, his staff and the owners for their tireless work and support for our team. Together with our phenomenal fans, we remain hungry and prepared for more.”
Cherundolo owns a 35-19-14 record in the MLS regular season and a 6-1-1 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The San Diego native earned the prestigious UEFA Pro License in 2020 after ending a distinguished playing career that saw him become a Bundesliga legend in Germany for Hannover 96, as he appeared in 415 total matches, setting a record for the most appearances by an American for one Club.
One of the most decorated U.S. players of all time, Cherundolo combines his 15 years of playing experience in Germany’s Bundesliga, as well as a diverse coaching portfolio that includes time as a Bundesliga first-team assistant, youth head coach and a position in the German National Team youth development program to create a unique formula for success in Los Angeles.
A 2021 U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Cherundolo made 87 appearances for the U.S. National Team, including becoming one of 11 players in U.S. history to be named to three World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010). Cherundolo played every minute at right back for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup.