SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT OF SOCCER OPERATIONS & GENERAL MANAGER, TORONTO FC
Tim Bezbatchenko was named General Manager of Toronto FC in 2013, after having spent three years at Major League Soccer (MLS) as the Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition. In this role, he was responsible for negotiating and drafting player contracts, as well as finalizing loan and transfer agreements for the import/export of players to/from the MLS. He also oversaw all MLS rosters, the MLS player pool and team salary budgets. Additionally, he was responsible for youth and player development initiatives for the league, including the home-grown player signing process. Bezbatchenko helped the Player Department manage the relationship between the Players Union and interpretation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), as well as served as a liaison with the US Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association.
Since joining Toronto FC, Bezbatchenko has been instrumental in making positive changes to a club that had never made the playoffs prior to his arrival. His work focused on creating a new vision for Toronto FC: to be a leader in player development, a leading-edge organization in innovative practices, and to be a consistent contender for championships in North America. Bezbatchenko was a key component in bringing Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore to Toronto. Such changes have led to Toronto FC having its two best seasons in club history, including its first ever MLS playoff appearance – and this past season they were the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot.