Leitch earns permanent role as Earthquakes GM
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Leitch earns permanent role as Earthquakes GM
by Jonathan Rest

Chris Leitch has been named as the permanent General Manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, after impressing the Major League Soccer club's hierarchy on an interim basis.

Our objective was to find a candidate with significant MLS knowledge, a track record of player development, and thoughtful use of data to make informed decisions. In addition to checking every box, Chris has been a proven leader for our club in a variety of roles over the past 13 years.
Jared Shawlee
Chief Operating Officer, San Jose Earthquakes

Leitch has been with the Earthquakes since 2009, spending his last few years as a player, before transitioning to coaching and being named Technical Director in 2015.

 

After the club parted ways with General Manager Jesse Fioranelli in July, Leitch has led soccer operations.

 

Leitch said: “This club has been my family since 2009 and I’m passionate about the project we have underway. While the 2021 season didn’t end how we wanted, we’re entering an important offseason to rebuild and put a competitive team on the field for our fans to support.”

 

Following Fioranelli's departure after four-and-a-half-years in the role, Earthquakes Chief Operating Officer Jared Shawlee said the club was looking for somebody with "deep experience of Major League Soccer."

 

Shawlee said of Leitch's promotion: “Our objective was to find a candidate with significant MLS knowledge, a track record of player development, and thoughtful use of data to make informed decisions. In addition to checking every box, Chris has been a proven leader for our club in a variety of roles over the past 13 years.”

 

The Earthquakes finished the 2021 season in 11th place in the Western Conference.

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