Chris Klein named Senior Director of the LA Galaxy Academy Program and Special Projects

Chris Klein

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Robert Mora

CARSON, Calif. (Friday, December 3, 2010) – The LA Galaxy announced today that
recently retired midfielder Chris Klein has been named the club’s Senior
Director of the LA Galaxy Academy Program and Special Projects. A 12-year MLS
veteran and four-time All-Star, 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 34-year-old St. Louis native also made 22 appearances with the U.S.
National Team, scoring five times and helping the U.S. qualify for the 2002 and 2006
World Cups.

Chris Klein's career

“We are pleased that Chris will remain with the Galaxy and
work with our Academy program,” Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce
Arena said. “As a club, we are dedicated to growing our Academy and feel that
Chris will be a great asset to both the Galaxy and AEG in this endeavor.”

In his new role as Senior Director of the Galaxy Academy
Program and Special Projects, Klein will be responsible for overseeing the
long-term financial and technical plan for the Academy, while building a strong
presence in the local soccer community. Klein will also be in charge of
developing and improving the Academy’s training facilities and programs,
coaching staff and recruitment program.

“I am thankful and honored to be able to remain with the
Galaxy and AEG in this new and exciting role,” Klein said. “With the league
making great strides in the field of youth development, we all feel that it is
essential to have a structure in place to help grow our Academy, not just in
the present, but into the future as well. The long term strength of our club
will be predicated by the success of our Academy and I am grateful to be able
to be a part of that and to be able to help shape the future of this great

A four-year star at Indiana University before being drafted
by Kansas City in the first round of the 1998 MLS College Draft, Klein is well
known within the soccer community for his business acumen, as well as his
strengths on the field. An integral member of the Major League Soccer Players
Union during his career, Klein was a central figure in the Players Union
signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in March 2010.

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Klein has no regrets in decision to retire