Bill Manning - President
Bill Manning was named President of Toronto FC on October 12, 2015. Under his direction, TFC promptly put together the two best seasons in club history, both on and off the field. During his first two full seasons as President, Manning oversaw an organization that won the 2017 MLS Cup, the 2017 MLS Supporters Shield with a league-record 69 regular season points, the 2016 and 2017 MLS Eastern Conference Championships and the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Championships. In addition, Manning also represents Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as Co-Chair for the World Cup 2026 Toronto Bid Advisory Group and as President of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Manning joined Toronto FC after spending the previous eight seasons as President of Real Salt Lake (RSL) and Rio Tinto Stadium. During his time with RSL, Manning helped to transform the club into a consistent winner—RSL won the 2009 MLS Cup championship—and a model franchise off the pitch, where both season tickets and sponsorships more than tripled during his tenure. The club also won the Eastern Conference title (2009), the Western Conference title (2013) and were CONCACAF Champions League runners-up (2011), U.S. Open Cup runners-up (2013) and MLS Cup runners-up (2013). Manning was the recipient of the Major League
Soccer Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award in both 2012 and 2014. While at RSL, Manning sold naming rights to Rio Tinto Stadium which successfully opened in fall of 2008, and in 2013 negotiated the 10-year LifeVantage jersey partnership for the club.
Manning’s experience in sports management spans 25 years. In addition to his work in Major League Soccer, Manning has held executive positions with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles and the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets.
A native of Massapequa, New York, Manning was a nationally-recognized collegiate soccer player at the University of Bridgeport where, as a senior in 1986 Manning led his team to a NCAA final four appearance while earning first-team All-America honors. Manning continued his playing career after college and advanced to two U.S. Open Cup finals with the Brooklyn Italians, winning the title in 1991. He also played professionally in the United Soccer League (USL) with the Penn-Jersey Spirit (1991), the Valley Golden Eagles (1993) and New York Fever (1994-95). Manning also earned a U.S. Soccer National “A” Coaching License in 2001. In March 2018 Manning will be honored in his home state for his accomplishments in the game at the 6th annual New York City Soccer Gala.
While still playing in the USL, Manning began his career in sports management, working in the front office of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1993 and for the New York Fever in 1994-95. After his last season as a player, he went on to leadership roles in the USL with the Long Island Rough Riders and the Minnesota Thunder, where he was named USL Executive of the Year in 1999 following a championship season. Manning got his start in MLS in 2000 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny as President and General Manager and was named 2000 MLS Executive of the Year by the Washington Post.
After the Mutiny, Manning left the sport of soccer to serve as Director of Corporate Partnerships for the NBA’s Houston Rockets from 2003-04 and was part of the staff that opened the state-of-the-art Toyota Center. Manning would then move on to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles where as Vice President of Sales and Service he managed all corporate partnerships and premium seating from 2004-08, overseeing revenue growth of over 50 percent during his tenure.
Tim Bezbatchenko - Sr. Vice President, Soccer Operations & General Manager
Tim Bezbatchenko joined Toronto FC on September 20, 2013 after spending three years at the Major League Soccer (MLS) as Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition.
Since joining Toronto FC, Bezbatchenko has played a leading role in making changes to elevate a club that had never made the playoffs prior to his arrival. His work has been focused on making changes to the roster and creating a new vision for Toronto FC: to be a leader in player development, a leading-edge organization in innovative practices and to be internationally recognized as a consistent contender for championships in North America.
The changes spearheaded by Bezbatchenko have resulted in Toronto FC having the four best seasons in the club’s history, highlighted by the 2017 season when TFC became the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup and the first MLS team to capture a domestic “treble,” by winning MLS Cup, the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship. In 2017, TFC also earned the highest regular season point total (69) in MLS history.
In 2014, Bezbatchenko was a central figure in the club acquiring three Designated Players, England international Jermain Defoe, American international Michael Bradley and Brazilian striker Gilberto while also making a number of key acquisitions through signings and trades.
The 2015 season saw Bezbatchenko make additional roster changes, including the addition of two Designated Players, Italian international Sebastian Giovinco and U.S. international Jozy Altidore, as TFC achieved its first-ever playoff berth.
The 2016 squad would capture the MLS Eastern Conference title and host the Seattle Sounders FC in the 2016 MLS Cup Finals at BMO Field, eventually falling in penalties after holding the Sounders to zero shots on goal during the match.
In 2017, Toronto FC rewrote the record books in MLS. In addition to finishing with the highest regular season point total in the league’s 22-year history, TFC’s 12-point lead at the top of the standings was the largest margin ever for a Supporters’ Shield winner. Toronto FC also tied a MLS record for most home points in a single season (42) and tied the 2014 Seattle Sounders for the MLS regular season wins (20) in the post-shootout era.
The hallmark signings in Bezbatchenko’s tenure as general manager have been Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco. Bradley has captained the team since 2015 while Giovinco has broken multiple MLS and club records. Giovinco, the 2015 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player and the 2015 Newcomer of the Year award, has been named to the 2015 & 2016 MLS Best XI, captured the 2015 Golden Boot as the league’s top goal scorer and became the first player to collect 70 regular season points (goals and assists). In 2017, Giovinco scored a total of six direct free kick goals, setting a new MLS single-season record (since records became available in 2003).
On the player development side, in 2015 Bezbatchenko was instrumental in helping TFC secure a professional team known as TFC II which plays in the United Soccer League (USL). He also hired Laurent Guyot from the French Football Federation (FFF) as Academy Director. Toronto FC now has a clear, fully-established developmental path for players, from the Academy to the First Team.
Prior to joining Toronto FC, Bezbatchenko spent three years as the Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition with 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. Bezbatchenko oversaw all MLS rosters, the MLS player pool, and team salary budgets and helped the Player Department manage the relationship between the Players Union and interpretation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Prior to joining MLS, Bezbatchenko served as an attorney for Shearman & Sterling LLP, in New York City, where he worked in their Mergers & Acquisitions group. He graduated with honours from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Economics in 2004 and later from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2008.
As a player, Bezbatchenko was an Academic All-American and All-Conference midfielder at the University of Richmond. He played professionally with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League (USL), winning the league title in 2004.
Bezbatchenko lives in the west end of Toronto with his wife Annie and their children Jack (5) and Sarah (2).