Tim Leiweke can't leave, work with Toronto FC has just begun

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke played a big part in bringing Jermain Defoe (left) and Michael Bradley to...

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke played a big part in bringing Jermain Defoe (left) and Michael Bradley to Toronto FC in January. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

TORONTO - He has made Toronto FC fans feel special.

He has met with supporters. He has made promises — and delivered.

That has most in Toronto’s soccer community hoping Tim Leiweke isn’t close to producing his final act.

“Tell (TFC) fans not to worry,” Leiweke told me in a text message Tuesday afternoon.

That was shortly after reports indicated the MLSE CEO might be transitioning out of Toronto in search of something new.

“I am focused on getting TFC in the playoffs,” Leiweke told me. “Just renewed my tickets for this year’s playoffs.”

Major League Soccer playoffs, that is, something the Reds have never tasted, a scenario Leiweke promised TFC supporters upon arriving last year.

So, when whispers of Leiweke’s impending departure — reports he has denied — began to trickle out, Toronto FC fans held their collective breath.

And held it.

And held it.


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