Statement from LA Galaxy's Tom Payne

CARSON, Calif. (Friday, February 17, 2012) – The statement below is from Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne who has decided to leave the organization…

“After nine great years here at The Home Depot Center, I have made the decision to leave the Galaxy organization. I have enjoyed my time with the club and have fond memories of all the great things that we have accomplished, including winning the MLS Cup last year in front of our home fans. During my time I have been able to see the growth of this club not only here locally, but also nationally and internationally, and I am proud to have been able to play a significant role in that growth.

“I want to thank all of the Galaxy fans for their support of myself and the club during my time with the Galaxy and I look forward to seeing them at The Home Depot Center this season. I would also like to thank everyone within the Galaxy organization and AEG for the opportunities that they have given me during my time here. I feel strongly and passionately about this club and wish nothing but the best for the Galaxy now and in the future.”