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Toronto FC fires head coach Bob Bradley, ex-player Terry Dunfield takes over

Bob Bradley ran out of time with Toronto FC. And president Bill Manning ran out of patience.

Anxious to halt a slide down the standings that Bradley has been unable to correct, the Major League Soccer club released its head coach/sporting director on Monday.

Terry Dunfield, a former TFC player and Canadian international, has been named interim head coach. The 41-year-old, who also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Manchester City, has been serving as head coach of the under-17 team at the Toronto academy.

“Bob has been a consummate professional with Toronto FC and we thank him for his passion and tireless work during his time here. We are all disappointed that we were not able to achieve the results we expected,” Manning said in a five-paragraph statement.

The club also axed Mike Sorber, Bradley’s right-hand man who was both assistant coach and technical director.

Toronto, which lost 2-1 at the New England Revolution on Saturday, is mired in 14th place in MLS’s Eastern Conference at 3-7-10. It has won just two of its last 17 matches (2-7-8) in all competitions.

TFC, which is seven points out of the playoff picture, hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Bradley, whose son is TFC captain Michael Bradley, took charge of Toronto in November 2021. His record with the club was 14-26-19.

 Bob Bradley is the third coach to come and go since the December 2020 departure of Greg Vanney, who led the team to the MLS Cup in 2017. Chris Armas and Javier Perez coached during the 2020 season.

Bradley, a three-time MLS coach of the year, has been in the crosshairs for a while. Injuries and a lack of depth have hamstrung the club.

Toronto was missing 11 players through injury and international duty in the weekend loss to New England.

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