Los Angeles Soccer: Chris McGowan

GALAXY: No moves on compliance day

March, 1, 2012
How did the Galaxy deal with Major League Soccer's roster-compliance deadline? They didn't.

The club made no moves, and didn't have to, to come in under the $2.81 million salary cap on a roster of not more than 30 players, giving themselves another week, even longer, to make decisions on draft choices and the final trialist in camp.

L.A. has 28 players on their official roster, of which 18 to 20, depending on designation, count against the cap. The club has not divulged how it has divided players within the roster, and it is uncertain whether it will do so.

Five non-roster players, four of them selections from in January's SuperDraft and supplemental draft, remain in camp, battling for positions on the team. Injured defender Omar Gonzalez won't count against the roster while he is on the Disabled List, at least until September, so there is room for three additions and plenty of time to make moves.

“We think we've got a handle on it,” assistant coach Dave Sarachan told ESPN Los Angeles a few hours before the 2 p.m. PT compliance deadline. “There is some decision-making still taking place. It's not a rubber-stamping thing. With some of the trialists, draft picks, they've made it hard on us, and that's a good thing. There's still a couple decisions that need to come.”

Those decisions, he said, would come “more likely after this weekend.”

The Galaxy opens the season Wednesday night in Toronto, in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg. They'll play their league opener March 10 against Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center.

The roster-freeze date is in mid-September, but players can't participate in competitive games -- MLS Reserve League excepted -- until they are under contract.

FRONT-OFFICE MOVES: Chris McGowan's appointment as chief operations officer of the Galaxy and the dismissals of three club officials is part of a realignment within AEG, which has formed AEG Sports to the company's many sporting enterprises, according to sources within AEG and the Galaxy. McGowan, 38, also the L.A. Kings' COO, will head the new division and report to AEG President Tim Leiweke.

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GALAXY: Front-office moves official

February, 17, 2012
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.”