Galaxy shake up front office, name McGowan as COO

The LA Galaxy won last year’s MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield, but that hasn’t precluded them from shaking things up in the front office.

The club announced today that longtime president of business operations Tom Payne has decided to leave the organization. Meanwhile, Chris McGowan has been named the Galaxy's new chief operating officer, tasked with handling the day-to-day business dealings of the franchise.

McGowan comes to the Galaxy from the NHL's Los Angeles Kings who, like the Galaxy, are also owned by AEG.

“I am looking forward to working in Major League Soccer and I am honored to be joining a championship organization that has a rich history of success both on and off the field,” McGowan said in press release. “I am very passionate about the sport of soccer and am excited to work alongside the rest of the front office staff to provide our fans with an organization they can be proud to represent.”