LA Galaxy Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development Trevor James departs the club for position with Portland Timbers

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CARSON, Calif.
(Tuesday, December 7, 2010) –
The LA Galaxy announced today that
Trevor James, the club’s Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development, has
left the club to accept the position of Assistant Coach with the expansion
Portland Timbers. The longest tenured member of the coaching staff having joined
the club in 2006, James served as an assistant coach for the club for the last
four-and-a-half years, while also taking on the role of Director of Player
Development since the start of the Galaxy Academy in 2007.

As the club’s Director of Player
Development, James oversaw all aspects of the creation and growth of the
Galaxy
Academy, including
developing the club’s first home-grown signing, forward Tristan Bowen. Since
beginning play in 2008, the Galaxy Academy has won a pair of USL Super-20
League division titles, reached the 2010 Super-20 National Championship,
qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs at both the U-16 and
U-18 level, while also winning the LA Futbol Circuit championship last month in
their inaugural season at the U-14 level.

“We are grateful to Trevor for all
of his contributions to the Galaxy over the last four years assisting with the
first team and developing our youth academy program,” Galaxy General Manager and
Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “As a
club, we would like to wish him the very best in all of his future
endeavors.

James joined
the Galaxy in June 2006 when he was named an assistant coach under Frank Yallop.
He held that position until Yallop’s departure in November 2007. At that time,
James became the Galaxy’s interim head coach, leading the club in a pair of
postseason friendlies, tying the Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 and defeating the
Minnesota Thunder on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the inaugural Copa
Minnesota. He
resumed his role as an assistant coach following the hiring of Ruud Gullit and
was a part of Bruce Arena’s coaching staff with the Galaxy since August
2008.

"I have enjoyed my time here with
the LA Galaxy and would like to thank the players, staff and fans as well as the
academy staff, players and families for their support through the years,” James
said. “Although I am saddened to be leaving the Galaxy organization, I look
forward to this exciting new opportunity with the Portland Timbers during their
inaugural MLS season."

A native of
Norwich, England, James has more than 10 years of
international experience as a player, playing in England, Norway and the United
States. Following his retirement from
professional soccer in 1985, James moved into the coaching ranks. He was
initially hired as a youth academy coach at Ipswich Town, before moving to
Colchester United as the club’s Reserve Team Manager. Following his stint at
Colchester, James was hired by John Taylor in
2000-2001 to be his First Team Coach and Chief Scout at Cambridge United of
England’s League One. 

James holds
coaching licenses from U.S. Soccer, UEFA and the Football Association (The FA)
where he was on the coaching education staff. He is the founding director of
School Of Soccer, USA; a youth soccer coaching school based here in
the Los Angeles
area.

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