Zak Abdel

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Zak Abdel (Arabic: زكي عبد الفتاح‎; born July 20, 1961, Cairo, Egypt) is a former professional soccer player and now professional goalkeeping coach, currently at Los Angeles FC.


Abdel had a 16-year professional playing career for Ghazl El Mahalla SC of the Egyptian First Division, winning two championships.[1]

He has worked in international football as goalkeeper coach for the USMNT (2007–2011) and the Egypt national football team (2011–2014) and the Canada men's national soccer team.[2]

He worked as the goalkeeper coach at MLS soccer club LA Galaxy for 7 years, as well as with the now defunct Chivas USA.

He was announced in the goalkeeping coach role at the newly formed Los Angeles FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2018, working under former National team coach Bob Bradley, with whom he has consistently worked for a number of years.[3]

On 20 July 2019, Abdel had an altercation with Zlatan Ibrahimović, following elbowing Mohamed El Monir.[4]


  1. ^ "ASSISTANT COACHES". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Canada Soccer". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Goalkeeper coach Zak Abdel departs Galaxy". Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Ibrahimovic erupts after LA derby: Go home, little b**ch". Marca. 20 July 2019.