Alex CEO of the year

Alex Leitao Named As One Of Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the Year

This week, the Orlando Business Journal named Orlando City Soccer Club CEO Alex Leitao as one of their 2017 CEOs of the Year. 

“A total of 22 highest-level local executives were chosen among this year’s honorees,” according to an article posted on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. “Individuals who demonstrated significant achievements in their careers in the past year have a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in our community.”

In the past year, Leitao has led Orlando City Soccer Club to much success. The organization continued to grow their MLS team, while also launching an NWSL and a USL team. The club launched LionNation, an exclusive membership that puts fans closer to the club. The MLS team opened their 2016 season to a sold-out crowd of 60,000+, and the organization has brought in a wealth of talent for both the men’s and women’s sides. Amongst those names: Marta, Will Johnson, Ali Krieger, and Jonathan Spector.

But no accomplishment stands out more than the opening of Orlando City Stadium. The soccer-specific stadium has been hailed as one of the best stadiums in the country. From creating the first safe-standing section in North America to creating a moving tribute to the Pulse, the stadium honors the community it serves and seeks to serve them to the best of their ability. In building this place, Leitao created a home for his players, his staff, and his community. 

Leitao has had quite a year with Orlando City. And this is only the start. 

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UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.