MLSE have reportedly been on the hunt for a new president to oversee Toronto FC. With Tim Leiweke set to leave the organization in the coming months it leaves a bit of a leadership void around the soccer club. With the new head honcho at MLSE almost certainly going to have less soccer knowledge than Big Tim brought there were be less of a go between from the board to the club.
The leading candidate to fill that void seemed to be Garth Lagerwey who has long been rumoured to be heading for the exit at Real Salt Lake. There were plenty of reports making the rounds in recent months that TFC were in talks with him and could be closing in on signing him but that seems to have come to nothing with Lagerwey reportedly heading to the Seattle Sounders instead according to Taylor Twellman.
The news will be seen as a big blow to many TFC fans who were clamouring for the club to bring in someone with a proven track record of success in MLS. Lagerwey certainly had that track record with RSL and that was with him working on a much more limited budget than he would have access to at one of the league's top spending clubs.
The move is a big addition for the Sounders as it should help them have someone in place to continue to focus on the on-field product while several key members of the organization are busy with off-field projects including looking to secure a new home for the team. He could also be the man to finally lead them to the top of the league and an MLS Cup to go along with all those other trophies they have won.
As for TFC the question is what do they do now. The correct answer in this case may actually prove to be that they should do nothing. Rather than brining in a President and setting up another scenario with a potential power struggle between President and General Manager the best option may be to let Tim Bezbatchenko and Greg Vanney run the club and answer directly to the board and whomever they hire to replace Big Tim. Why make things more complex and add more layers of power to the club given the fact that such a structure has not worked for the club in the past.
There are lots of questions left to answer this offseason for Toronto FC but we now have the answer to the Garth Lagerwey question and the answer is that he will not be coming to Toronto.