Chris Klein continued his meteoric rise up the LA Galaxy's business ranks just over two years since retiring from a 12-year career in MLS on Monday by being announced as club President.
The Galaxy announced the move on Monday morning. The Sports Business Journal reported the news first.
“We have always been impressed with Chris’ commitment and desire to excel on the business side of sports, and we have great confidence and faith that he will take the LA Galaxy to new levels,” said AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke in a statement. “We admire his passion and loyalty to the brand and his desire for the Galaxy to be the greatest soccer club in the history of this sport in this country. What makes Chris even more valuable to the Galaxy is his ability to understand our academy system, our development system and the partnership he has with Bruce will allow the Galaxy to continue to compete for championships year after year.”
After retiring Klein was named Senior Director of the Galaxy Academy before named club Vice President a year ago. In his new role, Klein will work with AEG Sports Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman to oversee business operations with the club.
"I am thrilled with this opportunity and excited to continue working with the great group of individuals we have on our staff," said Klein in a statement. "The Galaxy's best days are ahead of us and I am thankful that Tim and his team at AEG have the confidence in me to help lead us into the future".