National Soccer Hall of Fame member Bob Lenarduzzi has been linked to the Vancouver Whitecaps for more than four decades.
But this morning, the former Canadian national team soccer player ceased being president of the MLS franchise.
According to a Vancouver Whitecaps news release, he's now being called the "club liaison".
The Whitecaps are conducting a global search for a "sporting director", who will report directly to the owners.
A new president won't be hired to replace Lenarduzzi, a 64-year-old who was born and raised in Vancouver.
“For me, I’m incredibly passionate about representing this club and brand here at home,” Lenarduzzi said. “With the league growing the way it is, now is the right time to inject new leadership into the soccer side of our organization. I am proud to have been with the club every step of the way, and I’m very excited to continue working with our partners at home and abroad as we look toward to the biggest milestone in Canada’s soccer history in 2026.”
The move came as the Whitecaps are in last place in the MLS Western Conference with 24 points in 26 games.
They've posted five wins, nine draws, and 12 losses while scoring a conference low of 26 goals and allowing a conference high of 45 goals.
In his soccer-playing days, Lenarduzzi was a fullback and midfielder whose nickname was Mr. Perfect.
He competed in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which is the last time Canadian men's team reached that level.