General Manager of the LA Giltinis, Adam Freier meesage to fans post the Giltnis first historic MLR season.
On August 1, the LA Giltinis became the second professional sports franchise in history to win a US title in their first season. This comes only after the Chicago Fire, who first achieved the feat in the MLS back in 1998.
One week on from the end of the LA Giltinis' Championship win, General Manager Adam Freier said the result would not have happened without the 'hidden army' behind the players and the league’s combined efforts in elevating Rugby Union in the United States.
"On behalf of all Giltinis players, coaches and support staff, we would like to thank our season ticket holders, fans and the City of Los Angeles for their support in 2021," said Freier.
"The result a week ago was built upon the strong foundations put in place by our rugby community, who now sit alongside us as the 2021 Major League Rugby Champions."
"The Club would not have achieved its goal without you, our fans. To those who have been rugby supporters all their lives, and the ones who attended their first game in 2021, the Giltinis salute you!"
"The ownership and I would like to thank the MLR and all the teams across the league for their commitment to growing Rugby here in the US. Not only was there no games cancels or distrusted due to Covid-19, there has been incredible growth in attendance as well as youth development initiatives across the country. This all bodes well for the future of our sport.
"Along with the MLR, I’d like to applaud Rugby ATL, their owners, players, coaching staff and fans for an amazing season and a worthy Eastern Conference Championship. Not to mention the Toronto Arrows, whose players and fans sacrificed so much for the competition to press forward in 2021. We are looking forward to seeing both teams thrive in 2022."
The Giltinis finished the season with just one loss at home and a 16-4 record (80%) for the regular season. In addition to their two wins in the MLR Championship series, the Club finished the season with a 18-4 record.
"On Tuesday, the Club began a comprehensive review on how we can improve as an organization and our high performance program,” said Freier.
"With Darren's departure and Stephen's (Holies) promotion effective August 2, we will be able to announce a new structure in the coming months with a strong focus on skill and youth development, as well as participation growth following the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken its toll our sport here in California.”
"It is important that we leverage our success in 2021 and provide more opportunities for young boys and girls to play Rugby in LA. Growing the sport and winning the championship go hand-in-hand when it comes to what we do at our Club.
Freier also celebrated the short, but very decorated career of former Head Coach Darren Coleman.
"As I have previously said, we are proud of what Darren has helped build here in LA," said Freier.
"He departs the Club with the highest and most cherished accomplishment a Coach can achieve, that is to gain recognition for LA Rugby and MLR worldwide.”
“Darren has always done things differently. He is a team-builder and a winner, and those traits will continue to guide the Giltinis. Having had Stephen by his side the entire journey, we are very fortunate that the transition has been seamless.”