Toronto FC have parted ways with general manager and senior vice president of football operations Ali Curtis as he pursues a new opportunity, the club confirmed on Monday.
Curtis first joined the team in 2019 and spent three seasons with Toronto. In his first year, he helped the Canadian side reach the MLS Cup as Eastern Conference representative and inspired a playoff 2020.
Toronto missed an off-season performance this year after having the second worst record in the MLS. The team also lost to rival CF Montréal in the Canadian Championship final on Sunday.
“I started discussing my future with the club in September. During the pandemic, my family moved back to the United States. After three years with Toronto FC, I look forward to being reunited with my wife and children, and I’m excited to take on a new one. professional challenge, Curtis said in a statement.
“Toronto is a beautiful city, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, because I believe it’s one of the best sports organizations in the world. There are many amazing people to thank at TFC and in the community.
“These relationships transcend the workplace. Next year, there is a lot to be excited about with TFC. It has exceptional people and it is going in an exciting direction. I wish the team, staff, MLSE and TFC fans the very best.”
Under his leadership, Toronto hired former head coach Chris Armas for the 2021 campaign after Greg Vanney left to lead the LA Galaxy. Armas was then fired after 11 league games, forcing Javier Perez to take over in the meantime.
Before leading Toronto, Curtis was the sporting director of the New York Red Bulls. He also worked in the Major League Soccer office for eight years and held the position of senior manager of player relations and competition.
“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.”