LA Galaxy coach Yallop resigns

November 5, 2007

Frank Yallop has resigned as coach of Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, it has been reported.

Yallop endured a difficult season in charge of the Galaxy during which the club was constantly under the media spotlight due to the arrival of David Beckham.

Beckham's impact was limited due to a number of injuries and the Galaxy's season petered out as they failed to make the play-offs.

Yallop has left the club to return to San Jose and coach the Earthquakes.

The Earthquakes, who return to Major League Soccer in 2008, signed Yallop to a three-year contract after acquiring his rights from the Los Angeles Galaxy for a third-round pick in January, Quakes General Manager John Doyle told the Mercury News on Sunday.

'As we're starting anew, this is a step in the right direction,' Doyle said. 'Frank has history here, his best years of coaching were here, and he has a great way with players. We needed a good name and good coach, and we have that in Frank.'

Beckham was taking part in a charity match for Southern California's wildfire victims.on Sunday night against a Hollywood United side.

Beckham scored two goals - one of seven Galaxy players to hit the target as they put on an appropriate show for Yallop in their 12-4 win over Hollywood.

In front of 5,543 fans, Beckham also set up three goals in the second half - after Edson Buddle had hit a hat-trick to put his team in control at the Home Depot Center.

Beckham opened the scoring in the eighth minute, with a right-footed shot, and bagged his second just before the break - which came with Galaxy already 6-3 up.