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Jake Reid to become new CEO of Sporting Kansas City

The Sporting KC president is stepping into a new role.

Sporting Kansas City president Jake Reid has been named Chief Executive Officer of the club, succeeding Robb Heineman, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.

Reid, who has been with the club since 2010 and president since January 2016, told the Kansas City Business Journal that this move was one the ownership group had been working on for awhile, and that he will be taking a more visible role with the club.

Heineman was known for having a visible Twitter presence, cryptically hinting at signings and responding to fans’ questions and complaints. He had been in the role for the past 12 years as part of the ownership group OnGoal that purchased the then Kansas City Wizards and kept them in Kansas City.

“Robb has been a great mentor and friend of mine through the years and was a catalyst around the rebrand of the team,” Reid told the Kansas City Business Journal. “But over the past few years, I’ve taken a more active role on the day-to-day operations. At this point, it made sense for Robb to just be an owner like the rest of the group. He’s got a lot of businesses going on, and FanThreeSixty is probably his biggest focus right now. But you’re going to continue to see Robb just as much around the community and game day as before.”

Heineman will remain an owner of the club and Reid will also retain his role as President of Sporting KC.