Javier Perez will not return as head coach of Toronto FC


Toronto FC announces that interim head coach Javier Perez will not return to lead the club during the 2022 Major League Soccer season.

Perez previously took over the Canadian MLS team in July after the club parted ways with head coach Chris Armas. The Spaniard was promoted from his assistant role to temporary coach for the rest of the season.

Under Perez, the Reds went 5W-10L-8D when they finished second from the bottom of the Eastern Conference and reached the final of the Canadian Championship.

“We want to thank Javier for his hard work this season,” TFC President Bill Manning said in a news release. “He went into a difficult situation and was a real professional in every way. We wish him luck in the next endeavor.”

The team also announced this week that they have parted ways with general manager and vice president Ali Curtis. He spent three seasons with the club before leaving.

“The entire organization thanks Ali for his many contributions to the club and our community during his three seasons with Toronto FC,” TFC President Bill Manning said in a news release. “Ali is a good man and we wish him all the best in the future as he strives for a new opportunity.”

Since the team did not qualify for the MLS playoffs in 2021, they are ahead of the curve when it comes to decisions about offseason troops.

Toronto FC has already been linked with former Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley, who revealed his resignation from the California-based club last week. Bradley is also the former coach of the USA men’s national team, and adds years of experience and expertise.

Decisions are expected to be made well into January when the Canadian club returns to action on February 26 to launch the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign.

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