Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rodriguez and Durbin to head new league areas
January 15th, 2010 7AM



Major League Soccer  is reorganizing the competition aspects of the League Office with the creation of two new departments headed by long-time executives Nelson Rodriguez and Todd Durbin to focus on technical development and player/labor relations.
As Executive Vice President of Competition, Technical and Game Operations, Rodriguez will be responsible for all on-field competition, including game operations and disciplinary matters, and and technical matters such as scouting. He will work with MLS coaches and club technical directors on game-related matters.

Rodriguez most recently played a key role in the establishment of of MLS's key business development areas.
The current Executive Vice President of Player Relations and Competition, Durbin will oversee the signing of all player contracts as well as the rules by which players are allocated or assigned to clubs.

He will also manage MLS labor relations and serve as the key point of contact for the MLS Players Union. In addition, he will oversee an expanded youth development initiative that will focus on relationships MLS has with lower-division leagues, youth academies and the overall development of young soccer players.

Durbin's tenure with MLS dates back to 1995, before the league's launch the next year.
"Major League Soccer remains focused on becoming one of the top soccer leagues in the world and continuing the growth of the game in the United States and Canada," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "The creation of these two new competition areas, under the stewardship of Todd and Nelson, provides us with experienced and passionate leadership of two executives who have each worked for MLS for more than a decade. This reorganization and additional resources we will add to technical development solidify our charge of making the game our first priority."

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Livorno president Aldo Spinelli    
"I'm relaxed. At this time, the coach is not at risk." -- Livorno president Aldo Spinelli ...
U.S. Abroad: Fabian Johnson is on fire    
American midfielder Fabian Johnson is suddenly one of the hottest scorers in Germany. He scored two ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives