Tomas Karageorgos | Report
Toronto FC held a press conference late Thursday morning to introduce their new General Manager, Ali Curtis.
Curtis, 40, joined the New York Red Bulls organization as a sporting director in December 2014. Curtis had a brief tenure in MLS, playing for three years at three different clubs; including the Tampa Bay Mutiny, D.C. United, and FC Dallas (formerly Dallas Burn).
TFC President Bill Manning has known Curtis for many years, as he had drafted him to the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2001 when he was President.
It was announced on Thursday afternoon that former Columbus President, Andy Loughnane is now the President of Austin FC, a future MLS club. Former TFC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko is rumoured to become the new President for the Columbus Crew.
Bezbatchenko became TFC General Manager in 2014, and transformed the club from a bottom-feeder to a championship side. He started the “Bloody Big Deal” era, which included Michael Bradley, and Jermain Defoe who was subsequently traded to Sunderland for striker Jozy Altidore. Altidore led TFC to their first ever MLS Cup in 2017 by scoring the game-winning goal to defeat the Seattle Sounders, 2-0.
Bezbatchenko also brought in Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco in 2015, the same year that Altidore joined. Giovinco is seen as one of the league’s best ever players in terms of goals and assists.
The Columbus Crew were recently bought by Dee and Jimmy Haslam, owners of NFL franchise Cleveland Browns. This means that the Crew will not relocate to Austin, Texas anytime soon.
Bezbatchenko is an Ohio native, and will reportedly return home to improve the Crew to what they once were, and will hope to lead them to a second MLS Cup in 2019.
Featured image from Toronto FC.