Curt Onalfo

Technical Director

Curt Onalfo at a Glance:
  • Named Technical Director in June 2019, bringing extensive MLS coaching experience to the club, including stints as head coach of the Kansas City Wizards, D.C. United, and LA Galaxy.
  • An MLS Cup winner as both a player and a coach, capturing the title as a member of D.C. United in 1999, and later as an assistant coach for LA Galaxy in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
  • Helped launch the club’s USL League One Side, Revolution II, to begin play in 2020 after previously serving three years as inaugural head coach of USL Championship side LA Galaxy II from 2014-16.
  • Served as an assistant coach under Bruce Arena with the U.S. Men's National Team and LA Galaxy, and played for Arena at the University of Virginia.
  • Earned one international cap with the United States Men's National Team and featured extensively at the youth level, including in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Curt Onalfo is entering his second season as Technical Director of the New England Revolution after his appointment to the position on June 2, 2019. In his role, Onalfo will work closely with Sporting Director Bruce Arena managing the club’s day-to-day soccer operations, including oversight of the Revolution Academy and the scouting department. In this capacity, he also oversees the club’s newly launched USL League One developmental side, Revolution II, which will begin competition in 2020.

The Sao Paulo, Brazil native and Ridgefield, Conn. product joins the Revolution following an extensive coaching and playing career in Major League Soccer and with the United States Men's National Team. Onalfo has won MLS Cup as both a player and a coach, including one as a member of D.C. United in 1999, and three as an assistant coach with the LA Galaxy in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Onalfo owns 13 total years of MLS coaching experience, highlighted by stints as head coach of D.C. United (2010), the then-Kansas City Wizards (2007-09), and the LA Galaxy (2017). While continuing as an assistant with the Galaxy, he also served as the inaugural head coach of USL Championship side LA Galaxy II from 2014-16, where he led the club to a Western Conference title in 2015. When he departed “Los Dos” to take over head coaching duties with the Galaxy first team, his overall record with the developmental side finished at 46-29-20.

On the international level, Onalfo spent six years as an assistant coach for the United States Men's National Team under Bruce Arena. He served as an assistant for the USMNT from 2002-07 – including at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA Men’s World CupTM – and also worked as an assistant with the U.S. Under-23 MNT in 2002. Prior to joining the Revolution, he most recently assisted the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team from 2018 through May 2019, including in Poland at the FIFA U-20 Men’s World CupTM, and briefly served as acting head coach of the U-19 side for a training camp in January 2019.

Onalfo, 49, entered the coaching ranks an assistant with D.C. United in 2000 following his retirement. He remained with the Black and Red until September 2002, briefly serving as interim head coach in 2001. After his time in the U.S. Men's National Team setup, Onalfo was appointed head coach of the Kansas City Wizards shortly after the 2006 FIFA Men’s World Cup. He led Kansas City for two-and-a-half seasons, compiling a 27-29-22 record, and helped the club reach the postseason twice, including a Western Conference Finals appearance in 2007. In December 2009, Onalfo was named head coach of D.C. United, where he would remain for eight months before departing the club.

After starring for Ridgefield High School, Onalfo played collegiately for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia from 1987-1990. In four seasons with the Cavaliers, he earned a pair of All-ACC First Team selections and helped the team win the 1988 ACC Championship. He began his professional career with French side La Ciotat in 1991, before featuring for the Connecticut Wolves of the USISL from 1994-95, and Mexican second division side Tampico Madero in 1995.

Onalfo was selected by the LA Galaxy in the inaugural MLS Draft and would make 13 appearances for the club in 1996, helping it reach the first ever MLS Cup. The defender went on to register 23 appearances across four seasons in MLS, spending additional time with San Jose (1997) and D.C. United (1998-99). He recorded one international cap with the U.S. Men's National Team and featured extensively at the youth level, including the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 1991 Pan American Games, and the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Onalfo’s journey took a detour soon after the 1992 Olympics, when a diagnosis of stage three Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 24 disrupted his career and nearly ended his life. After surviving his arduous battle with cancer, Onalfo resumed his playing career with Connecticut and then Mexican side Tampico FC, before joining the Galaxy for the inaugural MLS season. 

Originally born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Onalfo is a fluent Spanish speaker.