Former LA Galaxy captain Peter Vagenas named team's academy director

Chivas USA midfielder Pete Vagenas

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Former LA Galaxy captain Peter Vagenas has been named the director of the team's academy, the club announced Wednesday.

Vagenas, who captained the Galaxy's 2005 MLS Cup-winning side, retired from the game earlier this year after a 13-year playing career and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the team's youth programs.

“We’re excited to bring Pete back home to the LA Galaxy,” club president Chris Klein said in a statement. “He is an important part of the history of our club and he will play an integral role in developing the Galaxy players of the future."

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The LA-area native, picked 23rd overall in the 2000 SuperDraft by the Galaxy, spent nine of his 13 MLS season in LA, and also appeared for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA. He collected more than 250 MLS appearances and boasts two MLS Cup titles, four US Open Cup titles, plus a Supporters' Shield and CONCACAF Champions' Cup win apiece on his résumé.

“Mr. Anschutz and AEG have had a tremendous influence on my career as a professional and my growth as man and for that I will always be grateful," Vagenas said in a statement. "The LA Galaxy and our fans hold a special place in my heart and because of that I’m honored to be back with the club. I would like to thank both Chris Klein and Bruce Arena for this opportunity and I look forward to working with our staff in continuing to set the standard amongst professional academies.”