Big changes come to Toronto FC.
Several sources told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday that GM Tim Bezbatchenko will soon leave the club to attend Columbus Crew SC as club president. He will be responsible for both the company's and the sports aspects of the organization. The sources said the TFC is in advanced discussions with former New Jersey Red Bull sports director Ali Curtis, who will come as Bezbatchenko's replacement.
Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace reported on Friday that Bezbatchenko, who is from the Columbus area, would join Crew SC. A Crew SC spokesman did not comment on the details of the report when it was reached on Wednesday, but told MLSsoccer.com in a written statement that "more details of senior positions with Crew SC will be delivered here in early January."
Employed by TFC in September 2013, Bezbatchenko contributed to the club's transformation from MLS toys to league force. The 37-year-old signed designated players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and assembled the rosters who won the MLS Cup, Supporters & # 39; Shield and Canadian Championship treble in 2017 and entered a shootout to become the first MLS site to win the Concacaf Champions League in 2018. He will participate in Caleb Porter at Crew SC, which, according to sources and several reports, will be the club's main feature. MLS announced last Friday that an agreement has been reached with Haslam and the Edwards families to become MLS owners and take over the operation of Columbus Crew SC from January 2019.
Curtis, 40, served as sports director from Red Bulls from December 2014 until shortly before the start of the 2017 season. During his time in New York, Curtis rented Jesse Marsch as head coach and built a roster that won the 2015 Supporters & # 39; Shield. He has not had an MLS job since leaving New York before moving to the Red Bulls.