NEW YORK (AP) — New York City FC is replacing its leader before its first game in Major League Soccer by making Tom Glick president from Sunday.

Glick is a former NBA executive who has worked for sister club Manchester City for the past two years.

NYCFC said on Thursday he will replace Tim Pernetti, who leaves his job as chief business officer after its March 8 opener. NYCFC said Pernetti has been hired as president of multimedia for WME, IMG's college business.

Glick has been chief commercial officer of Man City since 2012. An American, he worked for minor league baseball teams from 1989-04, moved to the NBA from 2004-05 as vice president of marketing and team operations, and the New Jersey Nets as chief marketing officer from 2006-07. He was chief executive officer of the English soccer club Derby from 2008-12.

Glick will report to Ferran Soriano, NYCFC managing director and chief executive of its parent, City Football Group, and of Manchester City.

NYCFC was criticized this month after its parent company allowed star midfielder Frank Lampard to stay with Man City through the end of the English Premier League season. NYCFC announced last summer that Lampard and David Villa would be its most well-known players for its inaugural season.