Chiellini: From Defense to the Backstage - A Strategic Boost for LAFC

Italian Legend Takes on Coaching Role at Los Angeles FC
Los Angeles Football Club v Columbus Crew - 2023 MLS Cup
Los Angeles Football Club v Columbus Crew - 2023 MLS Cup / Emilee Chinn/GettyImages

Giorgio Chiellini, renowned Italian defender, wasted no time returning to the soccer scene after announcing his retirement from the pitch. This time, however, the seasoned ex-player brings his expertise off the field, accepting the challenge of being the player development coach at Los Angeles FC (LAFC), a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. This strategic move by the California-based club promises not only to strengthen its coaching staff but also to bring a valuable perspective to the 2024 season.

Chiellini's return to LAFC, now as a mentor to players, represents a smart play by the management, seeing the former center-back not only as a leader on the field but also as someone capable of inspiring and developing emerging talents. The runner-up of the last MLS season brings with him a wealth of experience, achievements, and a sharp eye for the game, elements that will undoubtedly contribute to the team's growth.

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Giorgio Chiellini
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Alongside coach Steve Cherundolo, Chiellini will have the responsibility of preparing the LAFC starting lineup for the pursuit of the coveted league title. The club, aiming to replicate the good performance of 2023 and, this time, reach the top, celebrated the Italian's arrival to the coaching staff. Jhon Thorrington, LAFC's vice president, expressed gratitude for Chiellini's time as a player and now shows enthusiasm for having him as an integral part of the club's development process.

Chiellini's decision to accept the invitation to work in the United States not only highlights his commitment to soccer but also his willingness to explore new horizons. With his daughter still in school and the possibility of a return to Italian soccer on the horizon, the former center-back chose to continue his journey with LAFC, aiming to contribute even more to the club that provided him with a memorable farewell.

The duration of Chiellini's future as a coach at LAFC remains open, but for now, the focus is on the upcoming season. His presence in the American club can be seen not only as a post-retirement chapter but also as a potential stepping stone for bigger challenges, including a return to the Italian soccer scene. While preparations for the 2024 season are underway, Chiellini's presence in the coaching staff of LAFC certainly adds an element of prestige and experience to the team.