Dated 9:45AM Aug 16, 2019: The Vancouver Whitecaps posted an announcement they embarking on a global search for a new "Sporting Director" and that the role of President would be eliminated, with Bob Lenarduzzi staying on as "Club Liaison". Other publications have put it a bit more bluntly... (click on the titles to read the articles) Vancouver Whitecaps: Whitecaps FC to hire sporting director; global search underway VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that the club has opened an extensive global search to hire a sporting director who will lead the technical direction of the club at all levels. The sporting director will report to ownership, eliminating the role of president from the club structure. Daily Hive: Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi isn’t leaving the organization, but he’s no longer president of the Vancouver Whitecaps. National Post: Bob Lenarduzzi pushed aside as president of Whitecaps FC, club searching for sporting director Bob Lenarduzzi is no longer president of the Whitecaps.