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    Galaxy GM, president Doug Hamilton dies on flight home.

    Alexi Lalas
    Doug Hamilton was named MLS "Executive of the Year" three times in the league's 10-year history.
    -- Los Angeles Galaxy web site photo by Ernesto Motta --
    (Thursday, March 9, 2006) -- Doug Hamilton, president and general manager of the Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, died tonight on a flight home from San Josť, Costa Rica.

    Hamilton, 43, had accompanied his club for the return leg of a CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal series Wednesday night against Deportivo Saprissa.

    The preliminary cause of death was listed as an apparent heart attack. Reportedly, Hamilton had slumped over in his seat just four minutes into the flight.

    Galaxy coach Steve Sampson told the Los Angeles Times that a team doctor aboard the LACSA aircraft tried to resuscitate Hamilton for 45 minutes before which the plane's captain decided to return to the San Josť airport.

    The Galaxy had remained in Costa Rica for preseason training.

    "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the leaders of American soccer and a truly terrific individual," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "The thoughts and prayers of all of MLS, our teams, our players and our fans are with the Hamilton family. Doug will be dearly missed as his legacy of passion and dedication to the sport will always be remembered."

    Hamilton, who was three times named MLS "Executive of the Year," twice with L.A., started with the Miami Fusion in 2000 and moved to Los Angeles in 2002 after the Fusion folded. Under Hamilton, the Los Angeles club, based in Carson, Calif., won MLS Cup championships in 2002 and 2005, as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title last year.

    "His passion was the Galaxy," Sampson told the Times in telephone interview from Costa Rica. "In retrospect, it's fitting that we won a championship for him this past year because he was so passionate about this team and loved every single player and the organization."

    Hamilton also oversaw the opening of the Galaxy's new home -- The Home Depot Center -- in 2003.

    Prior to working with the Fusion, Hamilton worked for adidas America for six years where he held the post of director of sports marketing Latin America after serving as business unit manager of soccer and basketball.

    Hamilton is survived by his wife Paige and their son Aedan, 5. Doug and Paige met at University of North Carolina-Greensboro where Doug earned a bachelor of arts in physical education.

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