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By ESPN Staff

Galaxy hire former Earthquakes coach Yallop

CARSON, Calif. -- Frank Yallop, who guided the San Jose Earthquakes to two Major League Soccer championships, was hired on Wednesday as coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Yallop, 42, replaces Steve Sampson, who was fired on Tuesday.

With Yallop as coach, the Earthquakes won the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. He compiled a 41-25-18 record in his three seasons at San Jose.

Yallop coached Canada's national team for the past two years and had an 8-9-3 record.

Los Angeles general manager Alexi Lalas said Yallop had to resign his position in Canada to become the Galaxy's coach.

Yallop played 20 years as a defender in England and the United States. He played for the now-defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny in MLS from 1996-1998, and made 52 international appearances for Canada.

Sampson was fired after the Galaxy lost six games in a row to fall to 2-8-1 this season and were winless at home. They were three points behind local rival Chivas USA in the Western Conference standings.

He had taken the Galaxy job in August 2004 and led them to championships in the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup last season.

Sampson had a 17-24-10 record, with a 4-2-1 playoff mark with Los Angeles.