Welcome to the big time, Chris Klein. The former Los Angeles Galaxy standout and longtime Major League Soccer veteran was named as president of Bruce Arena’s club today.
Klein was the Senior Director of the Galaxy Academy following his retirement in 2010 and was promoted to Vice President in February of last year before being promoted to club president. A long-term objective now for Klein is to collaborate with Kelly Cheeseman, the new Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports, while keeping watch over the club’s business operations.
“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 to the press via lagalaxy.com. “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.”
“I am thrilled with this opportunity and excited to continue working with the great group of individuals we have on our staff,” added Klein. “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.”
Speaking of the Galaxy Academy, Paul Arriola returned from his training session with Club Tijuana to train with the first team during their preseason. Arriola was a member of the 2011 USA Under-17 men’s national team and scored two goals for the Under-18s this season in US Soccer Developmental Academy play.
“It’s a good opportunity to play with the first team and I want to be here,” Arriola told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “I’m just going to try and take in as much as possible so that I can learn from the veterans and the guys coming out of college so it really is a learning experience, but at the same time I want to prove myself to show that I can make it to next level.
“You look up to everyone here because they’re professionals, but especially [forward] Jack [McBean] and [defender] Oscar [Sorto] who came from the same position that I am and I know that I can make it. Every opportunity whether it’s somewhere else on a trial or with the national team, it’s always an opportunity to show yourself and show how good you are.”