Following his retirement in 2011, Leitch took over as academy director for San Jose, seeing current standouts Tommy Thompson and Nick Lima develop from youth players to regular first team starters. Now Leitch is coaching the duo on the field to early success. Leitch began his coaching career with a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in the U.S. Open Cup with a starting lineup featuring five players age 23 or younger, securing San Jose’s first-ever victory over an MLS club in the tournament in a non-qualifying round.
Leitch will look to continue his winning ways with San Jose for his first road game as coach when facing Atlanta United at Bobby Dodd Stadium with an already announced sellout crowd of 45,000-plus in attendance on Tuesday, July 4 (7 p.m. ET, MLS Live).