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15 A four-time MLS Cup winning coach, Dave Sarachan enters his eighth season as the Galaxy's Associate Head Coach after being hired by the club on August 18, 2008, the same day that Bruce Arena was named the club's General Manager and Head Coach. This is the fourth time in his coaching career that Sarachan has worked with Arena, having previously ser ved as his assistant at the University of Virginia (1984-1988), D.C. United (1998-1999) and with the U.S. National Team (2000-2002). An invaluable member of the Galaxy coaching staff, Sarachan has helped lead his teams to MLS Cup six times in his 14 seasons as a coach in MLS. A veteran coach with experience in college soccer and MLS as well as with the U.S. National Team, Sarachan, 59, began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Rochester (1976-77) and Cornell (1983) before joining Arena's staff at Virginia in 1984. After five years with the Cavaliers, Sarachan returned to Cornell to become the school's head coach in 1989. In nine seasons with the Big Red, Sarachan compiled a 64- 63-16 record, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and an Ivy League Championship before moving to the professional game as an assistant coach with D.C. United. After two seasons with United, during which he helped lead the club to an MLS Cup title in 1999, Sarachan joined forces once again with Arena, this time with the U.S. National Team. Sarachan helped the U.S. qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan/Korea where they had their best finish since 1930, reaching the Quarterfinals before losing to the tournament's eventual runner-up Germany. Following the 2002 MLS season, Sarachan was named the head coach of the Chicago Fire, a position that he held for four and a half years, helping lead the Fire to the 2003 Supporters' Shield and that year's MLS Cup Final, while also winning the MLS Coach of the Year award that season. Sarachan also helped lead the Fire to a pair of U.S. Open Cup Championships in 2003 and 2006. In his time with the Fire, Sarachan's teams had a record of 55-50-31 in regular season games and reached the postseason three times. Under his direction, the Fire never failed to at least reach the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, reaching the Final three times and winning the tournament twice. Prior to joining the Galaxy in August 2008, Sarachan ser ved as the Director of Scouting for the United States Soccer Federation's Developmental Academy Program, where he worked to help indentify many of the top young players throughout the nation. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Sarachan is a graduate of Cornell University where he was an All-American soccer player, helping lead the Big Red to the NCAA Tournament as a senior. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, he played professionally in both the NASL, with the Rochester Lancers and the MISL with the Pittsburgh Spirit, Buffalo Stallions, Baltimore Blast and Kansas City Comets. DAVE SARACHAN - ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

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