The silly season has officially started in most parts of the world, all except for in MLS. Well, excuse the minor talk about Red Bull signing up all of Freddie's invincible, yet aging teammates. But it's good to know that with all the Glazers, Sheikh Mansour's, and Gold and Sullivan's of Europe, we have a surprisingly grounded ownership group. They may not be as glitzy and mediaprone as Italian Prime Ministers, but they certainly know how to get all the little things right.
So it's fitting that the Sounders were named Pro Sports Team of the Year, and that CEO Tod Leiweke was one of the finalists for Sports Executive of the Year. The fact that he lost out to the Dallas Cowboys owner is more because he didn't build an 80,000 stadium this past year. But his nomination is definitely worth noting. Fantastic article all about your CEO right here.
This is the first time an MLS club has won the award, in the three years that the awards have been given. Considering the awards are given to sportsmen and women from every sport and field, this is a great honor that the Sounders front office should be proud of.
Interesting side note, Tod's older brother Tim is actively involved with MLS teams LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, as CEO of AEG. Tim has previously won the award for Sports Executive of the Year in 2008. That was when a certain 'Golden Balls' made his way over to the states.