Ali Curtis to step down as General Manager of Toronto MLS team


Ali Curtis is stepping down as General Manager of Toronto’s Major League Soccer team after three seasons.

The team announced their departure on Monday, four months after Chris Armas was sacked by Toronto FC, the coach Curtis had brought with him from the New York Red Bulls. Toronto ended its season Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Montreal at the Canadian Championship.

“During the pandemic, my family returned to the United States,” Curtis said in a statement. “After three years with Toronto FC, I can’t wait to reunite with my wife and kids, and I’m excited to take on a new professional challenge. “

Curtis, who turns 43 next month, worked for MLS for eight years and replaced Andy Roxburgh as the Red Bulls’ sporting director in December 2015. He left in February 2017 and was hired by Toronto in January 2019 to replace Tim Bezbatchenko, who left to become president of Columbus Crew.

Armas, a former U.S. national team player, was an assistant coach with the Red Bulls from 2015 until he became head coach in July 2018, when Jesse Marsch left for RB Leipzig in Germany.

Toronto reached the 2019 MLS final, losing 3-1 to Seattle. He had the second-best regular season record in 2020 before losing to Nashville in the playoffs. He finished 13th out of 14 Eastern Conference teams this year, with six wins, 18 losses and 10 draws.

Armas was hired ahead of the 2021 season and was sacked in July after one win, eight losses and two draws. Javier Perez took over as interim coach.

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