MINNEAPOLIS — Longtime Minnesota Timberwolves executive Chris Wright is leaving the team to become the CEO of the Minnesota United MLS team.

United announced the move on Monday. Wright spent 26 years with the Timberwolves and WNBA’s Lynx, including the last 13 as team president.

Wright is a native of England and has long been a huge soccer fan. He pushed Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to bring an MLS team to Minnesota. United began this season with Taylor as a minority owner of the franchise.

Wright will be tasked with overseeing the construction of a new stadium in St. Paul and helping the new team grow its fan base in a region where soccer’s popularity is growing.

Wright will join his new team on Oct. 6, following the conclusion of the Lynx season.