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LA Galaxy coach ends Klein's consecutive games record

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has ended Chris Klein's MLS record of consecutive games. The 33-year old notched up 141 league appearances in a row beginning in 2005 and ending last week when he was not called on by Arena.

Klein recorded matches with three clubs - Kansas City Wizards (21), Real Salt Lake (43) and the Galaxy (77) - before his run was ended.

"It probably didn't get quite as much attention as it deserved," said teammate Eddie Lewis.

"It's just an incredible feat."

Another teammate, Landon Donovan, also praised Klein for such an amazing run.

"Obviously, part of it is genetics and being lucky," Donovan said, "because a lot of guys take care of themselves and still get hurt.

"But Chris is also a very good pro. He does the right things every day to get ready to train. A lot of guys don't, and they get injured."

Klein admitted to being very proud of the record but said the hard work would not stop until he won the title with the Galaxy.

"After the game I was able to reflect on it," Klein said.

"I'm proud of it. It's not something that I thought about every game or every day. It came to an end. I'm disappointed, [but] I thank God that I was able to stay healthy for this long.

"I hope to keep it going," he added. "The fire still burns inside of me as bright as it ever has, so I'm looking forward to the last three games and then trying to win a championship here."

Andrew Slevison
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