Toronto FC fires coach
Toronto FC fired head coach Chris Armas on Sunday in the wake of a stinging 7-1 loss, the worst in club history, at the expense of DC United.
The club must hold a press briefing at the end of the afternoon to give more details on the next steps, including the identity of the person who will take over the reins of the team in the immediate future.
The 48-year-old American was in his first season at the helm following the departure of Greg Vanney to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the offseason. Previously, Armas, who also played 264 MLS games during his playing career, coached the New York Red Bulls from 2018 to 2020.
The 2021 season started off very badly for Armas and the Torontonians, despite an expensive and well-stocked squad.
As of Sunday, the TFC had the worst record in MLS, having accumulated five small points in 11 games. The club, which has won only one MLS game this year, is also 11 points from a playoff berth.
The team are struggling to cope with injuries, especially the one that annoys their most important player, Alejandro Pozuelo.
Armas has also been talked about in recent weeks for the conflict between him and star striker Jozy Altidore. The latter is kept away from the group of players, having made his last appearance in the match on May 22.
The TFC, who are also based in the United States by the time border restrictions are relaxed, are currently going through a six-game losing streak. That of Saturday evening, in Washington, was particularly scathing.
« After 90 minutes like that, there is nothing to say, » admitted club captain Michael Bradley after the meeting.
« We have let down our supporters and all those who follow us, » he added. It wasn’t even close to being good. It’s not who we are and I’m sorry. ”
Armas, him, had qualified this slap of “demoralizing”. After indicating that he did not feel he had lost his locker room, he admitted that he « was looking for solutions ». If they exist, they ultimately will not come from him.