After seven seasons as the Toronto FC head coach and three trips to MLS Cup and one to the Concacaf Champions League final, Greg Vanney is leaving the Reds.
Vanney decided to step down from his role as head coach and technical director instead of accepting a new contract.
Toronto FC, which was launched in 2007, did not make the playoffs until 2015, Vanney's second season in charge of the team. In 2017, the Reds became the first MLS team to win a domestic treble (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship). In 2018, Toronto FC reached the final of the Concacaf Champions League, losing to Guadalajara in a shootout.
“This was a difficult decision," said Vanney, "one that I processed for an entire difficult year and came to a conclusion that it’s the right time for myself and my family to move forward and take a different step. This profession is about a journey, and in this journey, we have different experiences. I’ve taken every ounce of what I can from this experience and I think it’s time for myself and my family to move on.”
Vanney immediately became the favorite to take the head coaching job at the LA Galaxy, where he began and finished his 13-year playing career.
“I’m a builder," he said. "I like to build things. I like projects. This club is in a really good place, there’s not a lot of building to do. This club is positioned to be great.”