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LA Galaxy coach Frank Yallop, who joined the club in July on a five-year deal, has left Los Angeles to take charge of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Galaxy, in compensation, will receive the Earthquakes’ third round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.

“Frank steered our team through a unique and challenging period in our history,” Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas said in a statement.

“He is a friend and a gentleman, and I want to personally thank him for his contributions. We wish him nothing but the best in his return to San Jose.”

Yallop became the fifth coach in Galaxy history in June 2006, guiding them to the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final and this year’s SuperLiga Final.

However, the club has mainly struggled since David Beckham joined them on a five-year contract.

The Galaxy lost 1-0 to the Chicago Fire on the last day of the regular season, ending their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs.

“We’ve felt that he’s a good manager and a strong character with the team so it was disappointing for us to lose him at this stage,” former England captain Beckham said.

“He’s not walking away. He’s looking after himself and his family. It’s what we would all do. We’re sad to see him leave. We wish him all the luck and all the best.”

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