LAFC hired the second coach in Club history on Jan. 3, naming U.S. Soccer legend Steve Cherundolo the manager to replace Bob Bradley. Here are some of the important facts about LAFC’s new boss on the sidelines.

  • Cherundolo is still known as the “Mayor of Hannover” after his distinguished and legendary career in the German Bundesliga with Hannover 96. 
  • After two seasons of starring at the University of Portland, Cherundolo moved to Hannover in 1999 at the age of 19, making his German football debut on Feb. 25, 1999. 
  • Cherundolo helped lead Hannover to the league title and promotion into the top tier of the German Bundesliga in 2002. 
  • As a right back, played in 415 total matches with Hannover 96, 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 played 87 times for United States National Team, and was one of just 11 players in U.S. history to be named to three World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010).
  • Played every minute at right back for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup, where he was coached by former LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. 
  • Cherundolo also appeared in three Gold Cups, the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup for the U.S. 
  • Considers current Manchester United head coach Ralf Rangnick, Ewald Lienen and Tayfun Korkut as major influences in his professional career. 
  • Inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2021. 
  • Cherundolo grew up in San Diego and starred at Mt. Carmel High School. He was a standout player for the La Jolla Nomads Youth Club before playing two seasons at the University of Portland under legendary coach Clive Charles. 
  • Earned the prestigious UEFA Pro License in 2020
  • Began his coaching career developing talent in the Hannover youth system in 2014. 
  • Worked as an assistant coach for Hannover’s first team as well as VfB Stuttgart in 2018. 
  • Served as a youth coach in the German National Team’s youth training program.
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