TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC announced today that general manager Ali Curtis has been signed to a multi-year contract extension.
“We are thrilled to have Ali signed to a new contract,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning in a press release. “I’m a big believer in stability and Ali has proved during his two seasons with the club that he’s a talented executive and a tireless worker. We have a great working relationship and I look forward to continuing our work to improve TFC in every way.”
Curtis becomes just the third general manager in club history to receive a contract extension.
“I am happy about extending my contract with Toronto FC,” Curtis said. “It’s a great club that resides in an incredible community. I am both honoured and appreciative of the support from ownership and MLSE Leadership and I can’t thank Bill Manning enough for his belief in me. I am excited about all of the work we have in front of us, in order to achieve our collective goals.”
The 42 year old joined Toronto FC prior to the 2019 season, asked to fill the enormous shoes left by Tim Bezbatchenko following his departure to the Columbus Crew. Since arriving, Curtis has helped the Reds reach win an Eastern Conference title (2019) and finished second in the Supporters’ Shield race (2020).
As the only current Black general manager in MLS, Curtis has also been a leading voice within the league in its efforts towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to joining the Reds, Curtis served as sporting director for the New York Red Bulls. Before that, he worked in the MLS league office for eight years and held the position of senior director of player relations and competition. He also worked for JP Morgan as an analyst in its Chicago and Los Angeles offices, and has a prolific track record as a player before hanging up the boots early in 2004.
In the past, Curtis has played a big role in the acquisition of Alejandro Pozuelo, as well as a handful of other signings. His biggest impact, however, may just be his belief in Toronto FC’s academy system.
Since arriving in 2019, Curtis has overseen the promotion of seven players from the Toronto FC academy to the first team, including the likes of Jayden Nelson, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, and Ralph Priso.