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Leiweke Informs MLSE Of His Intent To Leave In June '15, Plans To Form Own Business
Published August 21, 2014
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LOSS FOR MLS: Leiweke this morning wrote in an e-mail that he is "not interested" in running Chivas USA, which is in the process of being sold, and added that he "doesn't plan on doing anything for a while." SI.com's Grant Wahl writes if Leiweke "is on his way out" of MLS, that is a "huge blow to the league." No single person "has signed more big names for MLS teams over the years than Leiweke." He "just gets things done ... and his vision for what MLS can be has been a driving force for the league's growth" (SI.com, 8/21). NBCSPORTS.com's Joe Prince-Wright writes Leiweke’s "strong links with the soccer world has helped turn Toronto FC into one of the most talked about franchises in MLS," as the club has acquired MF MICHAEL BRADLEY and F JERMAIN DEFOE over the past six months. But losing Leiweke will be a "big blow" for the club. Under Leiweke's watch, MLSE "pumped plenty of money into TFC and now only time will tell if the new man in charge is set to do the same" (NBCSPORTS.com, 8/21).