Lalas leaving N.Y. for same job in L.A.

on and off the field -- just like any business, including myself."

Lalas' return to the West Coast also marks a return to working for AEG, which owns the Galaxy. He would replace former Galaxy president and general manager Doug Hamilton, who died of a heart attack on March 9 on a flight home from the Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions' Cup match in Costa Rica.

A week ago, the Galaxy named Tom Payne assistant general manager, leaving the top spot open.

Lalas, with his return to the Galaxy, will head a team that he helped lead to the MLS Cup championship in 2002.

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