Tim Bezbatchenko - General Manager
Tim Bezbatchenko has spent the past three years as the Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition with Major League Soccer (MLS). In that role, he was responsible for negotiating and drafting player contracts, as well as finalizing loan and transfer agreements for the import and export of players to and from MLS. In addition he oversaw all MLS rosters, the MLS player pool, and team salary budgets. He was also responsible for youth and player development initiatives for the league, including the home-grown player signing process. Bezbatchenko also helped the Player Department manage the relationship between the Players Union and interpretation of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). He also served as a liaison with the US Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association. MORE...
Ryan Nelsen - Head Coach
Ryan Nelsen, a native of Christchurch, brings a wealth of soccer experience to his new role at Toronto FC from Major League Soccer, the English Premier League and New Zealand's National team with more than 400 professional appearances. Nelsen began his football career with Christchurch United in New Zealand, making 96 team appearances and posting 12 goals between 1995 and 1998.
In 1998, he moved to the US on a university scholarship, playing for North Carolina's Greensboro College in the NCAA and later transferring to Stanford University for this final two years of college soccer. At Stanford, Nelsen was named MVP as a junior player and an All-American as a senior player. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Stanford University. MORE...
Fran O'Leary - Assistant Coach
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Fran O'Leary, one of the most distinguished coaches in collegiate soccer, possesses an illustrious coaching resume and strong soccer acumen. At Bowdoin, he posted an impressive 62-27-9 record with two NCAA Tournament berths in his first six campaigns. In 2010, he was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year.
He previously held coaching positions at Elmira College, Kenyon College, Dartmouth and George Mason. O'Leary is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College and began his coaching career as an Assistant at Boston College. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, O'Leary will oversee player scouting and recruitment for Toronto FC.
Pat Onstad - Chief Scout & Manager of Football Partnerships
A native of Vancouver, B.C. Onstad, 44, has spent the past two seasons on D.C. United's staff as an assistant coach. He came out of retirement in 2011 to play in three matches for D.C. due to injuries at the goalkeeper position.
In addition to his duties as chief scout, Onstad is responsible for liaising and managing relationships with football clubs in Major League Soccer and internationally. He will also work with football agencies and foreign soccer development academies. MORE...