Toronto FC will enter the 2021 MLS season needing a new head coach, because Greg Vanney has resigned from his post. The team announced the news on Tuesday via social media.
Vanney led Toronto to second place in the East in 2020, but suffered a surprising early exit from the playoffs, losing 1-0 to Nashville in the first round.
“Thank you to all of the TFC staff and players for the incredible experiences we’ve shared together during this journey. I’m forever grateful to each of you,” said Vanney in a statement. “Lastly, to the TFC Fans. You’re truly amazing, and the memories and emotions from our biggest nights together will be cherished.”
Since taking over Toronto FC in 2013, Greg Vanney transformed the club from a bottom-feeder to one of the most respectable franchises in the MLS. Under Vanney, Toronto won the MLS Cup in 2017, made two more MLS Cup trips, and also reached the CONCACAF Champions League finals in 2018.
Vanney, who has both the MLS Coach of the Year and CONCACAF Coach of the Year awards in his trophy case, coached Toronto throughout 250 games and posted an impressive 112-56-82 record.
Toronto is now expected to pursue a well-established coaching name to continue their project while Vanney is off to a new challenge. Rumors have him linked with a head coaching vacancy for the LA Galaxy, and he seems to be a favorite to land the job—considering he spent seven years with the organization as a player.