Yallop leaving Galaxy to coach Quakes

November 5, 2007

CARSON, Calif. -- Frank Yallop has quit the Los Angeles Galaxy after coaching David Beckham this season to return to San Jose for a second stint in charge of the Earthquakes.

The Galaxy will receive San Jose's third-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft as compensation.

San Jose had asked permission to talk with Yallop and the Galaxy consented, Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said Monday in a conference call.

Yallop won two Major League Soccer championships as coach of San Jose in 2001 and '03, but struggled to duplicate that success with the Galaxy. He returns to a San Jose franchise that was dissolved after the 2005 season. Its players transferred to Houston to become the Dynamo.

Lalas said the Galaxy assessed the situation, decided it was appropriate to give them permission to speak with Yallop, and "We agreed to release Frank from our contract."

Lalas indicated that the Galaxy might go after a well-known coach. That probably would mean one with extensive international experience.

"We're looking to bring in somebody who can do something different with the Galaxy," he said. "There certainly is interest in a high-profile, sexy kind of candidate."

He explained what he meant by sexy: "We mean someone with a personality, character, interesting, creative, innovative and that will bring something different to the Galaxy."

English superstar Beckham brought that onto the field for the team when he signed before this season. His presence heightened interest and expectations for the Galaxy.

Yallop's resignation was the second in the MLS on Monday. Former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena resigned as New York Red Bulls coach and sporting director, two days after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

Yallop coached one full season after taking over for Steve Sampson in the middle of the 2006 season. The Galaxy didn't make the playoffs in either season and had an 18-20-12 record under Yallop.

"We felt that he was the right man. We felt that he's a good manager and a strong character with the team," Beckham said Sunday night. "But we've all said, he's not walking away. He's looking after himself and he's looking after his family. It's what we would all do."

The Galaxy announced Beckham's signing in January, but the English superstar didn't join the team until mid-July. Ankle and knee injuries severely limited Beckham's playing time, leaving Yallop to make do without the team's best player.

In San Jose, Yallop was honored as 2001 MLS coach of the year and compiled a 41-25-18 record from 2001-03.

After leaving San Jose, Yallop spent two years as coach of the Canadian national team. As a player, he had stints with the English First Division, Canada's national team and the Mutiny MLS franchise over nearly 20 years.

Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff was granted the rights to revive the team this year. John Doyle, a former assistant under Yallop, is the team's general manager.

Assistant Trevor James will serve as interim coach when the Galaxy plays friendlies in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday and Minneapolis on Sunday.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press