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FourFourTwo's 31 Most Powerful People in U.S. soccer: 20-16

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17. Gary Stevenson

The two widely-known power figures in MLS are league commissioner Don Garber and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, both of whom we will see later in this list. They aren’t the only people within the league with major influence, however.

Stevenson is the president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures and oversees both the domestic and international commercial business for the league, including the money-making Soccer United Marketing arm. Stevenson’s teams also oversee broadcast contracts, events and club services, among other ventures, meaning he wields a tremendous amount of power atop the MLS chain of power. His experience stretches across professional sports leagues (PGA, NBA) and marketing companies (OnSport, Pac-12 Enterprises). Stevenson, who joined the league in 2013, oversees a significant amount of revenue for the league.

Largely a behind-the-scenes presence in MLS, Stevenson nonetheless is considered to be one of a “Big Three” around the league’s headquarters.

-- PT

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