“It was not something that was contemplated,” Lalas said of making a coaching change, but then immediately added it was certainly possible. “Given the results and where we were in the standings, we felt it would be an appropriate time to give permission (for Yallop to talk to the Earthquakes).” It’s a disingenuous claim. Even if Yallop had continued next season, as he said he would as late as a week ago – while Lalas remained ominously silent – he would have been on a short leash. Given the choice between a three-year contact in San Jose and uncertainty with the Galaxy, it’s not hard to see why Yallop jumped ship. He would not have forgotten that then-coach Sigi Schmid was put on notice in 2003 when the Galaxy barely scraped into the playoffs after starting the season with eight straight road games while the team awaited the completion of Home Depot Center. Schmid was out the following August after a seven-game winless stretch, even though the Galaxy were first in MLS at the time. Lalas dropped a broad hint Monday he won’t give Schmid or any other MLS retread a call. “There is certainly an interest in a high-profile, for lack of a better word, a sexy type of candidate,” Lalas said. “We’re looking to bring in someone who can do something different at the Galaxy. “The criteria is not that you have to be an international coach or you have to be a domestic coach, you have to be a good coach. We are going to use this as an opportunity to once again push the envelope and do something that has not been seen in MLS.” Translation: the Galaxy will go after a big-name foreign coach, despite their almost collective unfamiliarity with such arcane American sports edicts as the salary cap or draft. You can forget Orange County resident Jurgen Klinsmann or former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, though. Both would demand complete control of on-field affairs and neither would tolerate the propensity for Galaxy suits to have their say. Think Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, who briefly coached in New York and may be tired of waiting for Alex Ferguson to retire. Or former Real Madrid Coach Fabio Capello, a title winner with every team he has ever coached who has been linked with MLS before. A fall-back candidate could be abrasive former Red Bull coach Bruce Arena, but only if the Galaxy run out of overseas options. There’s not much time, though; the real expansion draft is just weeks away. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The MLS expansion draft began early when Coach Frank Yallop left the Galaxy to rejoin the new edition of the San Jose Earthquakes that begins play next season. The Galaxy received a third-round draft pick as compensation, a negligible price for a two-time MLS Cup-winning coach that’s indicative of how much the club wanted to get rid of him. Yallop’s flight is an apt culmination to the most turbulent and eventful year in team history. What began so promisingly with the signing of David Beckham ended with the club’s front office in free-fall, bereft of any shred of credibility with fans or media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suits’ meddling on the playing side in a desperate attempt to salvage a season sabotaged by corporate greed undermined Yallop’s authority and autonomy. And the hiring of Paul Bravo as director of soccer in late August added another management layer designed to distance General Manager Alexi Lalas from the catastrophic season. From the Galaxy’s perspective, Yallop’s move resolved a delicate public relations dilemma. A man of candor and integrity, Yallop remained a popular figure with the media and many fans. So now Lalas can claim, as he did Monday, that the team did not make Yallop a scapegoat because he left of his own volition.