MLS Ticker: AEG terminates sale process; Mansally and Saborio disciplined; and more

Philip Anschutz, Don Garber


Billionaire Phil Anschutz has announced he is terminating the sale process of AEG and retaining ownership of the sports and entertainment company.

Along with this development, AEG also announced that Tim Leiweke will be replaced by Dan Beckerman as President and CEO.

AEG owns several sports properties including the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo of MLS and was an instrumental force behind the growth of MLS, with Lieweke playing a key role in the league’s development as the head of AEG.

Anschutz is expected to take on a more hands-on approach to running the company, which had been put up for sale. AEG owns stake in the LA Kings, the LA Lakers as well as Home Depot Center. AEG is also working to try and bring an NFL team to Los Angeles.

Just what this means for the Galaxy and Dynamo remains to be seen.

At one point, AEG owned as many as five MLS teams, including the MetroStars (now the Red Bulls), the Chicago Fire and D.C. United.

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued punishments to two Real Salt Lake players following separate incidents in the team’s match against D.C. United over the weekend.

Defender Kenny Mansally was suspended a game and fined an undisclosed amount for “violent conduct” when he “used his head to strike D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen” in the 61st minute.

Mansally will miss this weekend’s rivalry match with the Colorado Rapids.

Forward Alvaro Saborio was also fined an undisclosed amount “for aggravated dissent toward the referee” in the 93rd minute.


Capitalizing on the new USL Pro agreement, Sporting Kansas City sent four players on loan to Orlando City, who the club partnered with following the league announcement.

Forward Dom Dwyer, midfielder Christian Duke, defender Yann Songo’o and goalkeeper Jon Kempin have been sent to Florida ahead of the start of the USL Pro season April 7th.  Sporting will be able to recall any of the four at any point this season if need be.

Otherwise, the four players will help Orlando City try to retain the dominance over the lower league the club has been able to achieve the last two seasons, winning three of a possible four trophies.

Dom Dwyer is the only player of the four who has played for Kansas City at this point of their careers, appearing twice for the club.

  • Gnarls

    Anschutz kees AEG = good
    Leiwieke out as CEO =bad

    Leiweke was the biggest champion of big-name talent coming to LA. I don’t know anything about Beckerman, but I suspect it’s hard to top Leiweke’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Galaxy.


    • Joseph D'Hippolito

      Leiweke is also the same “genius” who…
      1. Allowed 19 Entertainment essentially to take over the Galaxy in 2008…
      2. Hired the disatrous Ruud Gullit as coach on 19’s recommendation…
      3. Routinely gouges the public (for example, the L.A. Kings increased nosebleed seats for this year’s after-lockout home opener from less than $30 to more than $150, and the Galaxy raised parking by $5 when Beckham first arrived)
      4. Is known as “Lie Weekly” (or “Lie Weakly”) by a lot of the media in L.A. (I know this personally)

      If Anschutz is taking more control, then he probably wanted Leiweke out. Leiweke’s braggadoccio often gets the better of him.


  • Old School

    Considering there were rumors of the PSG ownership group interested in buying AEG, I’m a little disappointed new blood aren’t taking over the reins.

    With that said, hard to be upset about someone retaining ownership that appears to care about the health of the sport, here in the States.


  • Northzax

    So why does Mansally get one game for an in season head butt (that wasn’t even red carded) and De Rosario got two for a preseason one?


  • beto

    doesn’t KC’s Kempin have US Youth caps? I like the MLS->USL/NASL loans.. have NE, PHI and DC submitted their 4 players?


  • Sean

    MLS Is so corrupt. A head butt is supposed to be a 3 match ban minimum. Is it the refs or the league?


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