Chris Klein, President
After a standout 12-year career in MLS that saw him win MLS Cup in 2000 and set new MLS records for most consecutive games started and games played, Chris Klein retired from the game following the 2010 MLS season to become the Galaxy’s Senior Director of the LA Galaxy Academy. He was officially named to that position in December 2010, before becoming a Vice President for the club in February 2012.
In his new role, Klein, will help arrange and organize the international friendlies that the Galaxy play each year while also serving as the club’s lead on all MLS and community development related matters. Additionally, the St. Louis, Mo. native will continue to oversee the long-term financial and technical plan for the Academy, while building a strong presence in the local soccer community. Klein, who also sits on the board of the Hammarby Football Club in Sweden, representing AEG, a part owner of the club, is also in charge of developing and improving the Academy’s training facilities and programs, coaching staff and recruitment program.
A four-time All-Star in MLS, Klein ranks fifth in league history with 333 career games played as a member of the Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy, who he joined in June 2007. In his time with the Galaxy, Klein appeared in more than 100 games in all competitions, scoring five times and adding 15 assists.
The 36-year-old, who holds his USSF “B” coaching license, began his MLS career in 1998 when he was selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the first round (4th overall) of the MLS College Draft. In eight years with the Wizards, Klein helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2000, assisting on Miklos Molnar’s game-winning goal as the Wizards defeated Chicago 1-0. An All-Star every year from 2002-05, Klein scored 39 goals and added 45 assists in his time with the club, while also helping them win the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Klein is the only player in MLS history to win the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award twice, doing so in 2002 and 2005 after twice recovering from serious knee injuries.
Prior to the start of the 2006 season, Klein was traded to Real Salt Lake, where he had eight goals and nine assists in 43 games for the club. He was on the move once again in June 2007 when he was acquired by the Galaxy in exchange for Robbie Findley and Nathan Sturgis.
Klein immediately established himself as one of the most reliable players in the Galaxy squad as he went on to set MLS records for consecutive games started (118) and games played (141) that still stand today. In 94 regular season appearances for the club, Klein had two goals and 15 assists, while adding a pair of goals in the 2007 SuperLiga. The second of these goals cemented his place in club lore, as his bicycle kick in the final seconds of second half stoppage time in the SuperLiga Final, tied the game at 1- 1 and sent the match to extra time.
In addition to his play in MLS, Klein earned 22 caps with the U.S. National Team, scoring five goals and adding three assists. He made his international debut in a 2-0 win over Mexico on 10/25/2000 at the Rose Bowl and scored his first goal for the U.S. in his eighth appearance, a 4-0 win over Canada in January 2003. He two goals and two assists in six games for the U.S. in 2006, making his final appearance for his country in March of that year.
Klein played his college soccer at Indiana University, playing in 88 games during his four years with the Hoosiers. He finished his college career with 19 goals and 18 assists and led his team to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a berth in the College Cup Final in 1994 where they lost to Bruce Arena’s University of Virginia.