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  • Worst in league, defending champion Galaxy fires Sampson.

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    Yallop leaves Canada to become coach of Galaxy.

    Frank Yallop
    Frank Yallop returns to Major League Soccer as coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy after coaching Canada's national team for two years.
    -- Canada Soccer web site photo --

    CARSON, Calif (Wednesday, June 7, 2006) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy named Frank Yallop as its new coach, replacing Steve Sampson, who was fired yesterday.

    Earlier today, Yallop, 42, resigned as coach of Canada's national team after two years on the job in which his team compiled an 8-9-3 (.475) record and failed to qualify for the World Cup that starts Friday.

    Los Angeles won the domestic double in 2005 -- the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Cup titles, but Sampson was fired after the Galaxy struggled to the worst record in MLS this season, dropping to 2-8-1 with seven points after losing its last six outings. Overall, L.A. was 17-24-10 (.431) under Sampson.

    Even with its difficult beginning, L.A. is only four points below a playoff position. The Galaxy "is a team that has only played 11 games. There are still 21 games remaining," said Yallop, MLS's 2001 "Coach of the Year." "There is a big part of the season left and we know in this league that you can get a few results, get your confidence going and away you go. I want to be able to win immediately at this stage and I assume that we will get the right chemistry going and make sure that the team is on the right path."

    Yallop led the San Jose Earthquakes to MLS championships in 2001 and 2003, the club posting a league-best 41-25-18 (.595) regular-season record in his three seasons at the helm.

    Yallop is "charged with returning this team to the championship caliber that our fans have come to know and expect, and I believe it's only a matter of time before he does exactly that," Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas said.

    Yallop will be on the sideline when the Galaxy hosts its co-resident Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center tomorrow night. He becomes the fifth coach in the Galaxy's 11-year history, following Sampson (2004-2006), Sigi Schmid (1999-2004), Octavio Zambrano (1997-1999) and Lothar Osiander (1996-1997).

    "I am hoping that we have good tactics for Thursday night, but obviously it is going to take a while for me to impress what I want to get out of the games to the players," Yallop said. "But, I am pretty straightforward on a lot of things and I think (the team) will pick up on what I want pretty quickly."

    Yallop had discussions with the Toronto FC, a 2007 MLS expansion team, but the coaching job there did not interest him. "I did speak to Toronto at some point in the last several months. For me, though, it didn't sit right, it just didn't feel right," he said. "I was happy at what I was doing rather than go to Toronto at the time. I know that these opportunities only come around every so often and you have to take advantage of them when they do come along. I am glad that I did wait and I wanted to make sure that I had the opportunity to get this job. This is the right decision for me."

    After his two years working with Canada's national team, the lure of club soccer brought Yallop back to MLS. "I think it is something that has been working against me for about the last six months," he said. "I missed the day-to-day grind of being around the players, of winning and losing. Those are the things that go along with being a soccer coach and I think I missed that. I know I missed MLS -- that was a big part of me coming here, too.

    "I love working with the players and my staff, and I think that is what I really want to do. This gives me an opportunity to do that. There are a lot of in-between times in the national programs that are very boring, to be honest. When we have games, it is great, but we don't always have that. I want to work every day and get results and have a smile on my face when I come to work"

    A former player for Ipswich Town in England and a Canada international, Yallop took over the Earthquakes following a 7-17-8 record in 2000 and led the team to a 13-7-6 mark and the league title. After San Jose took the 2003 MLS crown, Yallop left to run the Canadian national program.

    After leading MLS's Project-40 team on a five-game tour of England in 1999, Yallop was hired as an assistant to coach Tim Hankinson on the Tampa Bay Mutiny, where Yallop played from 1996-1998. In 2000, he became an assistant to Thomas Rongen at D.C. United.

    Yallop, a defender, made 376 appearances and scored nine goals for Ipswich Town and played 52 times for the Canada's men before closing his career with three years in Tampa Bay.

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