LA Galaxy president suspended, team fined for hidden pay

LA Galaxy president Chris Klein was suspended and the team was fined $1 million by MLS for undisclosed payments involving Argentina winger Cristian Pavón in 2019.

NEW YORK (AP) — LA Galaxy president Chris Klein was suspended and the team was fined $1 million by Major League Soccer on Friday for undisclosed payments to Argentina winger Cristian Pavón in 2019 proven.

MLS withdrew $1 million in future general allocation monies from the team and said Galaxy will not be allowed to acquire players joining MLS internationally during next summer’s transfer window. MLS also said that former general manager Dennis te Kloese must submit an application to the league office if he wants to be hired by an MLS team.

The league said on Friday that Pavón should have been classified as a designated player, only partially counting against the salary cap.

Klein has been suspended during the primary transfer window, which normally runs until early May. Head coach Greg Vanney was promoted to athletic director during Klein’s suspension and will report to Dan Beckerman, president of parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Pavón joined Galaxy on loan from Argentina’s Boca Juniors and was listed by the Major League Soccer Players Association with a salary of $1.2 million in 2019.

LA attempted to re-sign him ahead of the 2021 season, but Pavón was accused of sexual assault in his native Argentina while the Galaxy worked to secure his permanent takeover from Boca Juniors.

Pavón scored 14 goals in 35 regular-season games for Galaxy and returned to Boca Juniors in April 2021. The 26-year-old joined Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro last July.

“The LA Galaxy entered into undisclosed agreements that included payments that were not factored into the calculation of Cristian Pavón’s pay budget and roster category,” MLS said in a statement. “The undisclosed agreements and payments resulted in Pavón’s improper classification as a player with target allocation money who should have filled a specific player spot in 2019.”

An MLS team can use general allocation funds to “buy down” a player’s salary budget fee.

The target grant money can be used to sign new players whose salary and acquisition cost exceed the maximum salary fee, or to convert a designated player to a non-designated player.

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