Toronto FC executive Anselmi resigns
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Another Toronto FC majordomo has been shown the door as the makeover
under Tim Leiweke continues.
Tom Anselmi, a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment executive since 1996 and
formerly the executive vice president of TFC, announced his resignation Friday. He had been working as MLS&E chief operating officer since 2004; the hiring of Leiweke last April as MLS&E
president and CEO had brought into question of status of several executives within the organization.
TFC president and general manager Kevin Payne
departed earlier this week, just nine months after being hired by Anselmi to rebuild the team. Payne’s choice as head coach, Ryan Nelsen, who as a player
helped D.C. United win the 2004 MLS Cup during Payne’s long tenure at that club, has produced one of the league’s worst teams. Yet Leiweke has stated Nelsen, who before coming to TFC had
no coaching experience at any level, will return as coach.
Under Anselmi, Toronto lurched through many head coaches -- Mo Johnston, John Carver, Chris Cummins, Preki, Aron Winter
-- and hired the likes of Paul Mariner (as interim coach last season) and Jurgen Klinsmann (as a consultant) to
straighten things out. Nothing worked; since joining MLS in 2007 TFC has never qualified for the playoffs.
“The entire organization, including our ownership group, is grateful to
Tom for his many contributions to the success of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment over the years,” said Leiweke in a press release announcing the move.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal July 31, 1:13 a.m. |
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ... A costly miss from two yards out July 31, 12:49 a.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ... Seattle clinches regular-season title July 31, 12:19 a.m.
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ... D.C. United and New England go for three July 30, 11:58 p.m.
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ... Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams July 30, 11:09 p.m.
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ... 2014 PDL All-League Team July 30, 7:44 p.m.
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ... Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss July 30, 7:30 p.m.
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ... Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer' July 30, 6:22 p.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ... Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director July 30, 5:25 p.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ... Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions July 30, 3:37 p.m.
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives