The Chris Armas era, be it ever so brief, is over at Toronto FC, with the former coach being given his official marching orders on Sunday.
It hardly came as a surprise that the club fired Armas. TFC has been in a free fall for several months, culminating in a humiliating 7-1 road loss to D.C. United, the heaviest defeat it's ever suffered, and is off to the second-worst start in franchise history. Something had to give.
“The way we have been losing, especially since returning from the three-week (international) break, has been difficult to watch. When you see a team concede like we did (vs. D.C.), we just saw no way back outside of making the coaching change,” club president Bill Manning told reporters during Sunday’s press conference.
With that loss on D.C. dropping Toronto into last place in the MLS standings, and with the team mired in a six-game losing streak (winless in seven), Manning and general manager Ali Curtis finally decided to pull the plug on Armas’ time in charge, no longer confident that the man they picked as Greg Vanney’s successor six months ago could stop the bleeding. But even though Armas is gone, there remain lingering doubts about the men who hired him in the first place, and whether they can be trusted to get TFC back on the correct path.