Michael Williamson visiting Inter Milan to investigate relationships

Pier Marco Tacca

Rumors out of Italy have D.C. United's COO and CFO, Michael Williamson, leaving the team to take a similar position with Inter Milan in January. Update: Williamson is just investigating relationships.

Update: Ok, after talking to the club, they are saying that Williamson is over at Inter Milan to see how they do things there and to see what kind of synergies can be brought together. The club also says that Dave Kasper and Jason Levien may go visit Milan in the next few months to also look at potential relationships.

Erick Thohir only this week has officially completed his purchase of Inter Milan and already the relationship between the Italian giant and D.C. United has begun. According to reports out of Italy, Thohir will move D.C. United chief operating and financial officer Michael Williamson from his current position atop the MLS club to a similar position in Inter Milan's organization in January. No deal will be finalized until a meeting of Inter's Board of Directors sometime in January, but if Thohir wants Williamson he is very likely to get him.

This move continues the overhaul of the business side of D.C. United's front office, with a replacement for Williamson surely coming soon during such a critical juncture in the team's history. The team has recently hired two new executives in Michael Schoenbrun, Vice President of Business Development, and Troy Scott, Senior Advisor for Stadium Development and Operations. But ever since the departure of Kevin Payne as the team's president, the team has lacked a chief executive in charge of running all aspects of D.C. United, with the ownership group as a whole taking that role. Given Payne's latter history with United, that might be the right move to make, but Williamson's imminent departure will require another new executive to come and take his place.

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