Toronto FC on Thursday named Ali Curtis its new general manager, replacing Tim Bezbatchenko.

Curtis, 40, hasn't worked in Major League Soccer since leaving his post as sporting director of the New York Red Bulls prior to the 2017 season. The Red Bulls won the 2015 Supporters' Shield under Curtis' leadership.

Bezbatchenko, 37, will be the next president of the Columbus Crew after five seasons at the helm in Toronto, culminating with the MLS Cup-Supporters' Shield-Canadian Championship treble in 2017.

Toronto suffered an injury-plagued and disappointing 2018 season.

Curtis played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, Dallas Burn and D.C. United before ending his playing career in 2003. He was selected No. 2 overall in 2001 after a stellar collegiate career at Duke, where he was a two-time national player of the year.

--Field Level Media

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