Chris Klein is President of the LA Galaxy. Klein serves as the club’s top business executive overseeing all aspects of business operations, strategic planning and overall management of the LA Galaxy.
Klein, a product of St. Louis, Mo., was named President of the LA Galaxy in January of 2013. Prior to being named president, Klein served as a Vice President for the Galaxy. Klein retired from professional soccer in 2010 following a distinguished 13-year career in Major League Soccer. As a player, the Indiana University graduate won the MLS Cup in 2000 and set MLS records for most consecutive games started and consecutive games played. Directly after his retirement as a player with the Galaxy, Klein served as the Senior Director of the LA Galaxy Academy from 2010 until February 2012, before being named Vice President in 2012. In January of 2014, Klein was named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 award.
Klein works closely with Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena on the soccer aspect of the business. The 39-year-old plays a central role in arranging and organizing 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, Klein continues to ensure the long term financial stability of the Galaxy and all of the club’s properties, including the Galaxy Academy and the LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance, Calif., while helping the club continue to strengthen its presence in the local soccer community. Klein also sits on the board of the Hammarby Football Club in Sweden, representing AEG, a part owner of the club.
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.
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 had 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 lives in Newport Beach, Calif. with his wife Angela and three children Carson, Cami and Brielle.