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Report: Chris Armas to Become Head Coach of Toronto FC

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

Toronto FC appear to be picking up former head coach Chris Armas as their new skipper according to TSN's Kristian Jack. The move comes after former head coach Greg Vanney departed for the LA Galaxy and Armas was let go by the New York Red Bulls midway through the 2020 season.

Armas has gained tremendous experience of the last two and a half seasons with New York, leading the team to a Supporters Shield after taking over for Jesse Marsch in 2019. From there he led them to the playoffs again in 2020 but like many others, he was unable to take them over the hump and into an MLS Cup game. His departure came as part of a general overhaul to the Red Bulls backroom staff including new Director of Sport Kevin Thelwell from England.

After his departure, Armas instantly became an interesting candidate for several positions. He was linked to a potential move to Chicago but that was quickly quelled. Now he is linked with taking the Toronto job where he will rejoin former Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. The Canadian club is coming off a troubling season which saw them play nearly all of their games in the United States but finishing second in the Eastern Conference. He will have the talents of current MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo as well as both Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley at his disposal.

In the meantime, New York has replaced Armas with former Red Bull Salzburg coach Gerhard Struber. The new coach only participated in one game, a playoff match against the Columbus Crew. Moving forward, he'll be looking to reconfigure the team and prepare them for another attempt at MLS Cup in 2021 with high aspirations expected.  

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