KLEIN ADDS EVEN MORE EXPERIENCE.Byline: BILLY WITZ
The overhaul of the Galaxy roster continued Thursday with the arrival of veteran midfielder Chris Klein Chris Klein may refer to:
Findley played his youth soccer for the national powerhouse Sereno Golden Eagles. .
And the revolving door hasn't stopped yet as another once-top prospect, midfielder Santino Quaranta Santino Quaranta (born October 14, 1984 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American soccer player, who currently plays for Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer.
Quaranta was drafted eighth overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. , appears on his way out today.
The departure of Sturgis, Findley and Quaranta -- ages 19, 21 and 22 -- and the recent acquisitions of Klein, Abel Xavier Abel Luís da Silva Costa Xavier, pron. IPA: [ɐ'bɛɫ ʃɐvi'ɛɾ], (born 30 November 1972 in Nampula, Mozambique) is a professional footballer for Los Angeles Galaxy and a former international for and Carlos Pavon -- ages 31, 34 and 33 -- and the looming addition of 32-year-old David Beckham Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. should provide the struggling Galaxy with something besides graying temples.
"We were top-heavy with young guys," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop Frank Walter Yallop (born April 4, 1964 in Watford, England) is a former English-Canadian footballer, and the current manager of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Although he grew up in Vancouver, Yallop played professional football for nearly 20 years in England and the United said. "These guys are all seasoned professionals."
Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas said that because the team is mired mire
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v. 13 points behind first-place Dallas in the Western Conference stanings, developing young players is a luxury the Galaxy can't afford.
Quaranta, upset Wednesday that defender Ian Russell was waived, was not at practice Thursday and his home phone was disconnected. Yallop said the absence was not related to discipline and the team would have an announcement on his status today.
The Galaxy will also be without Pavon on Saturday against Columbus, his visa paperwork unlikely to clear by then. But Klein, a right midfielder much of his career -- including stints with the national team -- should be in the lineup.
He practiced at several spots Thursday but Yallop indicated he could start out at right back, where the Galaxy has been searching for a replacement since Chris Albright tore a hamstring last month.
Klein could also be used at right midfield, where the Galaxy has relied on the less-than-fit Quaranta and 37-year-old Cobi Jones.
"He does all the things a Galaxy player should do," said Yallop, who described Klein as a hard-working player.
Midfielder from Real Salt Lake should be available to play Saturday.