From Hoosier to President. No, not of the United States.

Posted: February 11, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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If there’s an IU soccer alum who has it all, it would have to be Chris Klein. With an outstanding career getting a feel for all aspects of the sport, how could he not have anything.

We’ll start from the beginning. Of course Klein played for the Hoosiers (or else I would notImage be writing about him). In his four years, 1994-1997, he started 88 games. 88. In just his senior year alone he scored 11 goals and registered 11 assists. Even though he didn’t win an NCAA Championship in his four year tenure, Klein was an outstanding player and helped lead his team to the finals, quarterfinals, semis, and the regional semifinal.

After graduating from Indiana, Klein was selected 4th overall by the Kansas Wizards, which would be the beginning of 12 seasons playing in the MLS. While playing for the Wizards (1998-2005) he won the MLS Cup and Supporter’s Shield, both in 2000.

During his time in Kansas, Klein also played for the US Men’s National Team. He played a total of 16 games and scored three goals.

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Tearing his ACL in the 2005 season caused the Wizards to trade Klein. He played for Real Salt Lake for the 2006-2007, winning MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Finally, he played for the LA Galaxy, where he set an MLS record in 2008 with the Galaxy by making 118 first team starts. Klein would stay with for the rest of his career, and not just to be on the field.

Klein stayed in LA to become the vice president of the franchise. On January 28, 2013, so about two weeks ago exactly, Chris Klein was promoted to president of the LA Galaxy. Along with this prestigious job, he assistant coaches for the Newport Mesa Soccer Club.

We can now say that an IU Alum has been a President (just don’t specify that it’s not of the US).Image

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