The hiring of Guillermo Barros Schelotto as head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy was made official on Wednesday, a week after it was first reported that the deal was done.

"I am honored to be the head coach for the most decorated club in Major League Soccer," Schelotto said in a statement. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I am excited to get to work. The LA Galaxy have long been the standard in MLS and I am ready to push the club to new heights."

Schelotto, 45, was the manager of Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors until Dec. 14. Considered one of the world's top teams, Boca Juniors twice won the league and finished as Copa Libertadores runner-up earlier this month.

Boca Juniors decided not to renew Schelotto's contract after a loss to rival River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.

A former player with the Columbus Crew, Schelotto totaled 33 goals and 41 assists in 102 regular-season appearances. He won MLS MVP and MLS Cup MVP in 2008, when the Crew claimed the MLS Cup title and the Supporters' Shield.

Schelotto also had reportedly been linked to jobs with the Crew and Atlanta United before agreeing to the deal with the Galaxy.

"After a comprehensive search, domestically and internationally, we believe Guillermo will be a landmark signing for this club," LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said. "Guillermo is a proven winner who has experience coaching, playing and winning for big clubs. It is our hope that Guillermo's managing style and familiarity with MLS will bring trophies and championships to LA Galaxy fans and the city of Los Angeles."

The Galaxy's coaching search began four months ago after the firing of the Sigi Schmid -- who died on Dec. 25 -- with six games left in the regular season. The job was recently turned down by interim Galaxy coach Dominic Kinnear and former Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter, according to MLSsoccer.com.

In the offseason, the Galaxy also hired te Kloese as general manager, re-signed midfielder/forward Chris Pontius and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the striker who received the most lucrative contract in MLS history. Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who played for the Galaxy from 2010-15 and helped them win three MLS Cups, was also brought back.

--Field Level Media

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