Galaxy players said Friday they were surprised and saddened that Tim Leiweke no longer was chief executive of the soccer team's owner, Anschutz Entertainment Group.
AEG said Thursday that Leiweke, who, with AEG owner Philip Anschutz, was a major force in building the Galaxy and Major League Soccer, had left the company "by mutual agreement." There was no elaboration.
"Everyone was just shocked," defender Omar Gonzalez said after the Galaxy -- the reigning MLS champion -- practiced at Home Depot Center, another AEG property, in advance of Sunday's game against Chivas USA.
"It's sad to see him go, but I'm sure he'll be fine wherever he lands," Gonzalez said.
Forward Robbie Keane, an Irish national team star who signed with the Galaxy in 2011, said "everybody is surprised" by Leiweke's departure. "He's been great for this club, for this league."