Kevin Payne Out In Toronto?

Kevin Payne Out In Toronto?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 4, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, Kevin Payne

The Toronto Star on Wednesday reported that Toronto FC have parted ways with president and GM Kevin Payne less than a year after hiring the former long-time D.C. United chief executive.

“I’m disappointed, but this is the way this business works,” Payne told the paper. “I was a little bit surprised, but I understand that Tim [Leiweke] wants to move — not in a dramatically different — but in a somewhat different direction.”

Leiweke is the former chief executive of AEG, owners of the defending two-time MLS champions LA Galaxy, who was hired in April as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owners of Toronto FC. Leiweke came in a few months after Payne took over the reins of the soccer team as president and GM in November 2012.

After another struggling season, one has to wonder what this all means for first year head coach Ryan Nelsen. Toronto is 4-12-10 on the season and are staring at another year without reaching the post season.

Payne made many questionable moves this year in Toronto. including trading a young up-and-coming player in Luis Silva.

Leiweke is said to be laying the hammer down in this move too. The former Galaxy executive is also said to have a short list of names that he wants in the GM and coaches seat for next year too.

This just looks to be yet another typical offseason in Toronto with this news.