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Toronto FC extends head coach Greg Vanney and GM Tim Bezbatchenko

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko speaks to media during a press conference in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.


Toronto FC has signed general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and head coach Greg Vanney to multi-year contract extensions.

The team says Bezbatchenko is also adding senior vice-president of soccer operations to his title.

Team president Bill Manning says Bezbatchenko and Vanney have "helped transform Toronto FC into a perennial contender for championships."

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TFC advanced to the Major League Soccer final last season, losing to Seattle on penalty kicks.

Since joining the team in 2013, Bezbatchenko hired Vanney and has played a lead role in recruiting star players Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

Vanney has been at the helm since August 2014, making him the team's longest-tenured head coach. He has recorded 51 regular-season wins along with four playoff victories.

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