LA Galaxy President Chris Klein named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40

Klein played an integral part in tying down Donovan, Gonzalez and Keane to long-term contracts

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 11, 2014) – The LA Galaxy announced today that Galaxy President Chris Klein has been named to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list. Klein, 38, has served as the club’s president since January of 2013.

Under Klein’s direction, the Galaxy have grown its season ticket member base, further expanded the club’s player development infrastructure with the formation of Galaxy II, increased sponsorship revenue and have created a number of unique digital and social campaigns. Klein played an integral part, along with Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena, in tying down Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane to long-term contracts.

Now in his seventh year with the club, Klein originally joined the Galaxy in June 2007 as a player, eventually retiring after the 2010 MLS season. He served as the Senior Director of the Galaxy Academy in 2011 before being promoted to the role of Vice President ahead of the start of the 2012 campaign.

An MLS Cup winner with Kansas City in 2000, Klein spent 12 years as a player in MLS, playing for Kansas City and Real Salt Lake before being traded to the Galaxy in June 2007. The St. Louis native played the final three-and-a-half years of his career with the Galaxy, appearing in more than 100 games in all competitions, scoring five goals and adding 15 assists while helping the club win the Western Conference Championship in 2009 and the Supporters’ Shield in 2010. Klein retired from MLS having played in 333 regular season games, the fifth most in MLS history at the time. A graduate of Indiana University, Klein played an instrumental role in the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations as a MLS player.

Season tickets for the 2014 MLS season are on sale now, starting at just $250. Becoming a Galaxy Season Ticket Member gives fans the opportunity to see every Galaxy home game as well as number of additional benefits such as access to Town Hall meetings with Galaxy leaders, discounts on additional single game tickets, entrance into the club’s new Season Ticket Member loyalty program and much more as well as discounts at all TEAM LA locations and on select camps at the Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance. For more information about becoming a Galaxy Season Ticket Member, please call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visit www.lagalaxy.com/tickets