“I love Tim Leiweke,” Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena said of the departure of the long-time president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Galaxy’s parent company. “I think he’s one of the best things to happen to me in my career. I’m going to miss Tim. I can speak for everyone in our organization — we care a lot about Tim and we certainly wish him the best.
“He’s been a phenomenal person to work with, a great leader, an inspiration. He’ll be missed.”
It remains to be seen how Leiweke’s successor, Dan Beckerman, continues the Galaxy’s efforts to remain a champion and lure top talent. But Beckerman is a longtime employee of AEG and is a known quantity to the Galaxy.
Arena doesn’t think that part of the Galaxy’s quest will change much.
“We don’t believe so,” Arena said. “We’ll have the same resources. It won’t be the same way (Leiweke) approached it. It can’t be. We can’t replicate Tim in terms of the way he does business, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it as well if not better. That’s our charge and we’re going to have try to move forward.
“Dan’s a great guy. We’ve worked him throughout. Extremely bright, very supportive. A different kind of personality than Tim for sure, but obviously a very competent businessman and a person who works with the utmost integrity so we’re real pleased to continue to work with Dan.”