Galaxy, president Chris Klein sanctioned by MLS for violations

The Galaxy and its president Chris Klein have been sanctioned by the MLS for violating payroll budget and roster guidelines in connection with the signing of Argentina forward Cristian Pavón during the 2019 season.

MLS claimed on Friday that the Galaxy made arrangements that were undisclosed and included payments that were not factored into the calculation of Pavón’s pay budget and roster category. The undisclosed agreements and payments resulted in Pavón being classified as a targeted allocation funder in 2019 when he should have filled a specific player spot.

The Galaxy already had three designated players, the maximum under MLS rules, when they signed Pavón on loan from Argentinian club Boca Juniors.

The annual value of Pavón’s contract in 2019 was reported as $1.2 million, according to the MLS Players’ Association. That rose to $1.5 million in 2020. Pavón was signed by former Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese, whose contract was not renewed after the 2020 season.

The penalties imposed on Galaxy include a $1 million fine for the club and a $1 million loss of available future general allocation funds. The team is also prohibited from registering any player requiring receipt of an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from outside the United States and Canada during the 2023 secondary transfer window.

Additionally, Klein, who has been the team’s president since 2013, has been suspended from all sporting duties until the conclusion of the primary transfer window in 2023. During this time, coach Greg Vanney will be promoted to athletic director, reporting directly to Dan Beckerman. the President and CEO and AEG, Galaxy’s parent company.

Te Kloese, who now works in his native Netherlands as general manager for Eredivisie club Feyenoord, must also apply to the MLS commissioner’s office if he wants to secure a job with an MLS club.

“LA Galaxy and AEG have cooperated fully with MLS from the outset to ensure a thorough and transparent process, and we accept the outcome and sanctions set forth in this ruling,” the team said in a statement. Galaxy, president Chris Klein sanctioned by MLS for violations

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