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Galaxy fire Osiander, name Zambrano interim coach

June 10, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lothar Osiander, who guided the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 12-0 start last season and into Major League Soccer’s first title game, has been fired as the team’s coach.

Assistant coach Octavio Zambrano was named interim head coach and is one of several candidates being considered for the job.

``We felt we had to try something different,″ Galaxy president and general manager Daniel L. Villanueva said Tuesday. ``We have all the necessary elements to be a good team, but we’ve had trouble this year putting it all together.

``Lothar is a good coach and has served our organization well. We have more than half a season remaining and we plan on being a force into the playoffs,″ Villanueva said.

The defending Western Conference champions lost 1-0 Sunday to the New England Revolution to fall to 3-9 this season. The Galaxy are in last place in the five-team conference.

Under Osiander in their inaugural 1996 season in the new league, the Galaxy went 19-13, winning the Western Conference and advancing to the MLS championship game. In that match, the Galaxy held a 2-0 lead over Washington D.C. United with 20 minutes remaining, but wound up losing 3-2.

That defeat seemed to begin a slide for the team that carried over into this season.

Zambrano’s first game as interim coach is scheduled Sunday at the Rose Bowl against the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

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