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Old Posted Jan 3, 2019, 3:20 PM
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Big changes in Toronto at the start of 2019

https://www.wakingthered.com/2019/1/...m-bezbatchenko

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In a press conference at the BMO Training Ground this morning, Toronto FC president Bill Manning announced that the club has hired Ali Curtis as the fifth general manager in franchise history. Curtis replaces Tim Bezbatchenko, who left TFC abruptly this week to take over the president’s job at Columbus Crew SC.

Curtis, 40, was previously the sporting director of the New York Red Bulls, from 2014 to early 2017. There, he helped the club to the 2015 Supporters’ Shield. While with RBNY, Curtis developed a reputation for improving the Red Bulls’ youth system and making them a consistently competitive side while maintaining a relatively modest payroll.

TFC’s new GM played in MLS for three years as a forward for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, D.C. United, and FC Dallas. He was a prolific talent in college for Duke, winning the Hermann Trophy and MAC Award as the top player in the NCAA. After his playing days, he worked briefly at both the investment bank JP Morgan and the MLS head office.

Also, Laurent Ciman is back in MLS with Toronto after having his deal at Dijon terminated
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2019, 4:47 PM
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Also, Laurent Ciman is back in MLS with Toronto after having his deal at Dijon terminated
Ciman is a good pickup and exactly what TFC needs on the back end but he needs to figure out what he wants. Pretty sure he said he was done with MLS when he moved from LAFC.
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His Twitter says he's happy to be in Toronto...
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2019, 4:59 PM
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His Twitter says he's happy to be in Toronto...
He leaves LA for France to be closer with his family in August, and then joins Toronto in January. There's an interesting quote in this article from August:

http://www.espn.com/soccer/lafc/stor...-laurent-ciman

Ciman said a key reason for his return to Europe had been the infrastructure in place to support his daughter, who is autistic.

"It's not Canada in terms of what they can do for her, but the development of my daughter will always be at the heart of my project. The club knows that," he said.

"I have a daughter that has needs. I'm going to what is necessary so that we can meet them here."


I guess he really likes Canadian healthcare and social services.
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