Toronto FC have named Tim Bezbatchenko as their new general manager to work alongside Ryan Nelsen.
The 31-year old is a former midfielder, having played for Pittsburgh Roverhounds. He joined the MLS in 2010 as senior director of player relations and competition.
President Tim Leiweke has drafted Bezbatchenko in to oversee and manage the clubs’ budgets. In his previous position, he was responsible for six clubs so has plenty of experience of keeping track of finances in the game.
Toronto are likely to make several new signings once the January Transfer Window opens. Nelsen has identified the areas he needs to improve to be more competitive and is set to have a shortlist of additions he wants to bring in to strengthen his squad.
The Reds’ stretch without a win increased to nine games on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Sporting Kansas City at BMO Field, a result that surprised few in the US sports betting world.
Poor defending from the home side allowed C.J Sapong to open the scoring after just 18 minutes of the game.
Toronto did equalise seven minutes before the break through Darel Russell. His shot squeezed inside the left post for his second goal of the season for the club.
However, the winner followed for the visitors not long after the interval when Sapong added his second of the tie. The Kansas City man headed home right back Chance Myers’ well delivered cross.
Nelsen’s side will look to end their disappointing run when they host D.C United this weekend in what is their penultimate game in front of their home crowd this season, and a good excuse to bet on soccer.
The Washington club sit behind them in the standings after winning just three games in the campaign. Neither side are going to make the post-season but both will be keen to finish on a high in their final four games.