GALAXY: President Payne is out

CARSON -- Tom Payne, who spent the past decade in the Galaxy front office and the past three seasons as the club's president of business operations is “transitioning out of the organization,” a club spokesman said.

Los Angeles Kings chief operating officer Chris McGowan steps in as the club's COO while continuing in his position with the hockey team, which, like the Galaxy, is owned by AEG.

Payne, 48, is the second high-profile official to leave the club this week. He was the highest-ranking figure within the club. Communications director Patrick Donnelly exited Monday.

The moves, which appear to be dismissals, are part of a larger reorganization within AEG that has not been announced. McGowan met briefly with media Thursday afternoon.

Payne, the brother of D.C. United president/CEO Kevin Payne, served as vice president of programming and business development from 2003 through 2006 and assistant general manager until he was promoted following Bruce Arena's hire as head coach and general manager in August 2008.