Galaxy goalkeeping inconsistency costs coach Ian Feuer his job, former LA goalkeeper Reis to take his place

mattreisThe day after former Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis announced his retirement from the New England Revolution he was today named coach in LA, replacing Ian Feuer who had held the post for the past six years.

After the Galaxy’s inconsistency between the posts this year  — EPL import Carlo Cudicini literally played his way out of a starting job after several less than impressive performances, to put it kindly — the move raises suspicions Feur paid the price for the club’s defensive woes.

A Galaxy spokesman merely said today that Feuer was “not retained.”

The year 2013 was a rough one for Reis ,too,  who not only struggled with injuries at the tail end of a lengthy career, but had to deal with the trauma of a close relative being seriously hurt in the Boston Marathon bombing.

But the UCLA product and his wife, who grew up in Torrance, will now be able to move closer to John Odom, while furthering his professional career at the club he spent four years at between 1998 and 2002.

From the Galaxy press release:

A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Reis played his college soccer at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 1997 NCAA Championship before being selected by the Galaxy in the third round (26th overall) of the 1998 MLS College Draft. He would spend the first five seasons of his professional career with the Galaxy, making 50 appearances in all competitions for the club, while helping them win the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup.

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  • Studs Up

    Why isn’t Hartman getting any love from the Galaxy? Reis was only a bit player for LA while Hartman was dominating the league.

  • Catamount

    Great point on Feurer. On balance over that past 6 years I thought the Galaxy goalkeeping was as good as any in the league. I have often thought during a game what a great coach theses keepers must have, particularly the emergence of Saunders and Perk.

    Why hasn’t anybody mentioned that the Galaxy intentionally broke up the back four that won two championships. AJ De La Garza’s physical appearance seems to make the coaching staff anxious to ignore the reality. I haven’t done the research but it would be interesting to see how the Galaxy record with Franklin, Gonzalez, De La Garza and Dunivant stands up against any other back four combination on the Galaxy or in the league. Particularly on set pieces, the Galaxy defended well with that combination, most likely because they played a very high line and kept the ball farther from the goal.

    Perhaps retaining Feurer would mean that Bruce and his coaches would have to admit they screwed up the defense. It is easier to say Feurer screwed up the keepers.