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By ESPN Staff

Chivas USA GM Javier Leon steps down

CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA chief operating officer and general manager Javier Leon is stepping down to pursue other endeavors that might include outside projects with Antonio Cue, the Major League Soccer team's president and co-owner.

"I would like to thank Chivas USA for the opportunity to work with this groundbreaking organization," Leon said in a statement issued Thursday. "The chance to work with a Mexican expansion team oriented toward the rapidly expanding U.S. Hispanic marketplace, in a growing league like Major League Soccer, over the past three years has been a tremendous learning experience for me.

"As I leave to pursue other endeavors, I trust that, in my absence, Chivas USA will continue to grow both on and off the field."

The 41-year-old Leon, a native of Mexico City, had been a member of Chivas USA since the club's inception in 2004. He was named CEO three years ago, and added the responsibilities of general manager, on an interim basis, last March.

"On behalf of Chivas USA I would like to thank Javier Leon for his three years of hard work and dedication to this club," Cue said. "Since Chivas USA first joined Major League Soccer in 2004, Javier has been fundamental in helping build what we have today: a successful and dynamic soccer team and a growing organization that, like the sport of soccer itself, has a very bright future in the United States.''