Peter Vagenas has been appointed the Director of the LA Galaxy Academy. Vagenas, who was captain of the Galaxy’s 2005 MLS Cup winning side, retired from the game earlier this year following a 13-year MLS career.
In his role as Director of the LA Galaxy Academy, Vagenas will oversee and continuously evaluate all aspects of the Academy including implementing the coaching and training curriculums. He will be in charge of continuing to develop players for LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy II while supporting the club’s relationships within the Southern California soccer community and cultivating the growth of our Alliance Clubs, LA Galaxy South Bay and West Coast FC.
Vagenas will also be in charge of developing and improving the Academy’s training facilities, programs, and recruitment process and overseeing the long-term financial plan for the Academy. Vagenas will report to Galaxy President Chris Klein
A native of Pasadena, Calif., Vagenas played for the Galaxy in nine of his 13 seasons in MLS. He was selected by the club with the 23rd overall selection in the second round of 2000 MLS SuperDraft. The St. Francis High (La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) and UCLA product made his pro debut on May 24, 2000, against the New England Revolution, scoring on his debut in stoppage time of a 2-1 loss. He was appointed the club’s permanent captain ahead of the start of the 2005 season and led the Galaxy to “the Double” that year, winning both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.
During his career in MLS, Vagenas played for the Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Chivas USA. He appeared in more than 250 combined regular season and postseason games in that time, winning a pair of MLS Cup titles (2002 and 2005 with the Galaxy) and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2001 and 2005 with the Galaxy, 2009 and 2010 with Seattle) as well as the 2002 Supporters’ Shield and 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup with LA.
Vagenas ranks sixth in Galaxy history in both games played and games started, starting 164 of the 183 regular season games that he appeared in for the club. The 35-year-old scored 14 goals and added 28 assists in his career, with all but three assists coming in a Galaxy uniform. He also added two goals and two assists in 19 postseason games, reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs eight times in his 13 years as a player, including in each of his first six seasons as a pro.
In addition to his club career, Vagenas, who has already completed the course work for his U.S. Soccer Federation “B” coaching license, represented the U.S. at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also made two appearances with the U.S. National Team. At the Olympics, he finished with a team-high three goals as he helped lead the U.S. to a fourth place finish, the best finish by a U.S. team in Olympic history. Shortly after returning from the Olympics, he made his full international debut, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on October 25, 2000.
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