The Galaxy just sent out a press release with all the pertinent information regarding Ruud Gullit and Alexi Lalas. It doesn't really give much information (these types of press releases normally don't) other than to confirm these reports.
The release had some quotes from Tim Leiweke regarding both the ex-coach and ex-GM.
Press release quotes of course are always a bit suspect. It's not that I don't believe the person's sentiments but you wonder how many eyes that went through before being sent out. For instance, there are guys whose English is not their first language and speak with thick accents who come out sounding like an English professor in a press release.
Anyway, here's what Leiweke said and what I think he may have initially meant before the release was likely cleaned up and sent out.
Both parties have agreed on mutually-agreeable terms to part company. It is an amicable arrangement and we appreciate and respect the issues that Ruud has highlighted with the club and are very grateful for all the hard work he has contributed while with the organization. Hopefully, he has laid the foundations for future success for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
What he may have meant: This is good because he was going to get fired anyway. We still have some respect for him but that was slipping - I mean, come on, how the heck can you lose to San Jose? Hopefully he hasn't screwed things up too much for this club.
With [Ruud] moving on, we believe that this is the right time to make more sweeping changes throughout the organization. Our commitment continues to be focused on not only winning the MLS Cup this and every season but to build a club capable of competing at the international level. This decision (to relieve Alexi of his duties) is the right one for the organization, the right one for the players and the right one for our fans.
What he may have meant: There was no better time than now to fire Alexi, but then again we could have said that on any given day during the last two years. Our focus is not MLS Cup... I mean, not just MLS Cup, but rather peddling friendly games overseas. And if we can't even compete in a league foreigners think is third-rate, what makes us think we can market this team abroad?