Major League Soccer

Toronto FC fire head coach Chris Armas following 7-1 defeat to D.C. United

Lizzy Becherano
Chris Armas during his time with the New York Red Bulls
Chris Armas during his time with the New York Red Bulls / Elsa/Getty Images

Toronto FC have relieved Chris Armas of his responsibilities as head coach effective immediately, the club on Sunday.

The news comes just one day after the club suffered a 7-1 loss on the road at D.C. United - Toronto’s worst defeat in club history. 

The Canadian Major League Soccer side struggled tremendously prior to their trip to Audi Field, winning merely one of their last 11 matches. The team currently sit in last place of the Eastern Conference with only five points.

After a downward spiral, Toronto FC executives Bill Manning and Ali Curtis maintained that a structural change would be the only move to inspire progress. Manning explained there was 'no way back outside of making the coaching change'.

“The way we have been losing, especially since returning from the three-week break, has been very difficult to watch,” Manning, Toronto's president, told the media on Sunday. “I just said, ‘Hey Chris, we just need to do whatever it takes to get results right now.’ And he got it, he understood, But we had those three games in seven days, and lost two of them late, and then didn't have a good performance against Cincinnati and then obviously this result.”

Armas first joined Toronto FC in mid-January, after spending three seasons leading the New York Red Bulls before parting ways in September.

Despite the short lived career at Toronto, Armas made an impact at club, though not necessarily for the right reasons. Beyond six defeats in a row, audiences will mark his time by the dramatic rift with Jozy Altidore that left the player training in an isolated setting. General Manager Curtis addressed the situation during Sunday's press conference, maintaining a vague stance. 

“I don't want to say anything before having a conversation with Jozy, but once we have those conversations with Jozy, then we'll be able to give you a better update as to what the next game looks like," Curtis said.

Altidore’s future at Toronto FC looked bleak after the initial fight with Armas, but the structural change might alter the future of the USMNT athlete.