Major League Soccer

Toronto FC announce departure of interim head coach Javier Perez

Lizzy Becherano
Toronto FC's interim head coach Javier Perez will not return to lead the club in 2022
Toronto FC's interim head coach Javier Perez will not return to lead the club in 2022 / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
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Toronto FC announce interim head coach Javier Perez will not be coming back to lead the club in 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 interim coach for the remainder of the season. 

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

“We would like to thank Javier for his hard work this season,” TFC president Bill Manning said in a release. “He stepped into a difficult situation and was a true professional in every regard. We wish him well in his next endeavor.”

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

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

As the team did not qualify for the 2021 MLS playoffs, they are ahead of the curve in offseason roster decisions. 

Toronto FC has already been linked to former Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley, who revealed his departure from the California-based club last week. Bradley is also the former coach of the United States men’s national team, bringing in years of experience and expertise.

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

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