- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 8, 2008
- 0 Comments
Getting the MLS to come to the city of Philadelphia took a huge step forward today with the announcement of hiring of Nick Sakiewicz as CEO and operating partner.
You New York fans may recall Sakiewicz from his time with the MetroStars, where he was named the top exective in the league for two years. Also, he is a founding executive of MLS and former president of AEG New York.
FC Pennsylvania LLC, the group trying to lure the 16th Major League Soccer club to Chester, Pa., couldn’t be thrilled to land an executive like him if you ask me. Getting a long-time MLS executive will go a long way with this expansion bid and even into their expansion year(s) once they get the bid from the league.
Also, in terms of money, Sakiewicz knows how to sell. During his tenure with the MetroStars, the team had strong corporate sponsorship partners and steady attendance figures, which ranked in the top half of the league (don’t laugh New York fans, its true).
Overall, I think this is another solid step for the MLS in Philly and for the expansion bid. I think the league will be announcing this bid very soon once all the money situations are set by the Pennsylvanian govenment.