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Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese departs to join Feyenoord

Field Level Media
28 Nov 2021, 05:05 GMT+10

After a disappointing three seasons at the helm of the Los Angeles Galaxy, general manager Dennis te Kloese departed the club Saturday to become the CEO of Dutch club Feyenoord.

The Galaxy made just one playoff appearance in te Kloese's three seasons, a run into the conference semifinals in 2019 where they were defeated 5-3 by rival Los Angeles FC.

A native of the Netherlands, where he played for power AFC Ajax, among other clubs, te Kloese returns home to oversee a Feyenoord side that currently is in third place in the Eredivisie.

"I am truly grateful and feel very proud to have served the LA Galaxy for the last three years," the 47-year-old said in a statement. "I would like to thank the fans, players, staff and everyone who always made me, and my family, feel at home and part of the Galaxy family. I will take with me some great memories and I have experienced some unforgettable moments over the last years."

Los Angeles was 13-12-9 (48 points) this past season and was above the playoff line the entire season until a late slump. The Galaxy fell below the playoff line after a 3-3 tie with Minnesota United on Decision Day.

During te Kloese's tenure, productive striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club to continue playing in Europe, while the Galaxy replaced him up front with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. Lengthy injury absences limited Hernandez's productivity.

The Galaxy fired head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto last year and replaced him with Greg Vanney.

"We would like to thank Dennis for his contributions to the club over the last three seasons," Galaxy president Chris Klein said in a statement. "We support his decision to go back home to the Netherlands to join Feyenoord and wish him the best in his next endeavor."

--Field Level Media

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