GALAXY: Front-office moves official

The Galaxy made their front-office moves official Friday, announcing the Los Angeles Kings chief operating officer Chris McGowan is taking the same position with the soccer club and will preside over its business decisions.

He replaces Tom Payne, the president of business operations since the end of the 2008 season.

“Chris has been a part of our organization for 16 years and has done an outstanding job with the business side of the Kings to where there is now a lot of enthusiasm and expectations, and he will do the same with the Galaxy,” AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke said in a statement. “With our recent MLS Cup championship, the return of David Beckham and our outstanding roster heading into this season, the Galaxy will continue their rapid growth in this marketplace under Chris’ leadership.”

Former Galaxy midfielder Chris Klein, who leads the Galaxy's academy, is being promoted to a vice presidency, McGowan told media Thursday, but the move had not been announced. The maneuvers are part of a greater reorganization within AEG.

Payne, in a statement released by the club, claimed it was his decision to leave the Galaxy.

“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,” he said in the statement. “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.”