Management Staff
Management Staff

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.

Manning received his Bachelor of Science degree (1987) and Masters in Business Administration (1989) from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

Manning and his wife, Jennifer, reside in King City with their sons John and Will.


Ali Curtis - General Manager

Ali Curtis enters his third season with Toronto FC after being named the club’s general manager on January 4, 2019.

Curtis signed several significant pieces in his first season with the club, which helped lead Toronto FC to the 2019 MLS Eastern Conference Championship title and an appearance in the 2019 MLS Cup Final. Additions included, designated player and 2020 MLS Most Valuable Player, Alejandro Pozuelo, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Richie Laryea and goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. Last season, Curtis signed four Homegrown players to first team contracts, Rocco Romeo, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Jayden Nelson and Ralph Priso.

Prior to joining Toronto FC, Curtis served as sporting director for the New York Red Bulls. During his time with the Red Bulls, he oversaw the club win the 2015 MLS Supporters' Shield and finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2016. Curtis also helped establish NYRB II the club's USL team to continue the development of players from the academy through to the first team. In the club's second season, NYRB II captured both the Regular Season Title and the 2016 USL Cup.

Prior to joining the Red Bulls, Curtis worked in the MLS league office for eight years and held the position of senior director of player relations and competition before joining the Red Bulls. As a player, Curtis was awarded the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the top male collegiate soccer player in the United States in 1999. He won M.A.C. Player of the Year in 2000 and remains Duke University's all-time leader in goals scored with 53. Curtis was drafted second overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Tampa Bay Mutiny and remained in the league for three seasons.

Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff

Javier Perez - Head Coach

Javier Perez was named the interim head coach on July 4, 2021. The club removed the "interim" tag on August 9, 2021, announcing him as the head coach for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Perez, a native of Spain, most recently worked as an assistant coach with New York City FC, where he spent four seasons (2016-20). Prior to his work with NYCFC, Perez spent four years with US Soccer, serving as head coach of the U-18 Men’s National Team and assistant coach with both the U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team. He was part of the senior men’s national team’s staff at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the U-20 squad at the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Before coming to the US in 2007, Perez spent six years at Real Madrid as a head coach for youth teams from U-9 to U-19 at the club’s foundation development center (2001-2007).

Perez holds his UEFA Pro Licence, UEFA “A” Licence and a Ph.D. in Sports Science from Universidad De Leon in Spain.


Ian Russell - Assistant Coach

Ian Russell was named as an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC on February 17, 2021.

Russell, a longtime MLS player and assistant coach, spent the past four seasons as head coach of USL side, Reno 1868 FC, where his side made the playoffs all four seasons, winning 64 matches during that time. Russell was named the 2020 USL Championship Coach of the Year as his side won the 2020 USL Supporters Shield. Prior to joining Reno 1868 FC, Russell was an assistant coach with the San Jose Earthquakes for eight seasons (2008-2016) and was part of the club’s 2012 Supporters’ Shield winning team. As a player, Russell spent six seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes and won two MLS Cups (2001, 2003) and one Supporters Shield title (2005). He spent his final season in 2007 with the LA Galaxy.

Russell holds both his PRO Licence and “A” Licence from the U.S. Soccer Federation.


Ewan Sharp - Assistant Coach

Ewan Sharp was named as an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC on February 17, 2021.

Sharp joins after spending the past four seasons as a performance analyst with the New York Red Bulls. Sharp worked closely with the coaching staff and played an important role in opposition scouting, match planning, in match and post-match analysis. He also assisted the scouting department in identification and recruitment. Prior to his time with the Red Bulls, Sharp was the Director of Performance Analysis for the Northwestern University Men’s Soccer program (2015-2017). In addition, Sharp held roles with the Chicago Fire as First Team Video Assistant during the 2016 season and as an assistant coach with the Mercyhurst University Men’s Soccer program (2014-15).

Sharp holds a “C” Licence from the U.S. Soccer Federation and a UEFA “C” Licence – Phase 1.


Jon Conway - Goalkeeper Coach

Conway enters his eighth season as goalkeeper coach for Toronto FC.

He originally joined the first team on August 31, 2014 after spending the previous two seasons as goalkeeper head coach with the Toronto FC Academy. Conway was part of the club’s Treble winning side in 2017 (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship) and an additional two Canadian Championship winning sides (2016, 2018).

Prior to the start of his coaching career, Conway had a successful career as a goalkeeper in Major League Soccer that began with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2000. In five seasons with the Earthquakes, Conway was part of two MLS Cup Championship teams. Conway was traded to the New York MetroStars who eventually became the Red Bulls and remained with the club for four seasons. He’d later join Chivas USA (2009), Toronto FC (2010) where he won one Canadian Championship with the Reds and finally with the Chicago Fire (2011). Conway retired as a player at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Conway holds a USSF “B” Licence and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Coaching Certification.

Coaching Staff
TFC II - Michael Munoz
Head Coach
TFC II - Danny Dichio
Assistant Coach
TFC II - Phil Boerger
Goalkeeper Coach
Medical/Player Performance
Dr. Ira Smith
Team Physician
Dr. Tim Dywer
Team Orthopedic Surgeon
Carmelo Lobue
Head Athletic Therapist
Marcelo Casal
Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist
Shohei Miyauchi
Assistant Athletic Therapist
Gus Kandilas
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Shameer Ali
Team Chiropractor
Jeff Bradley
Director, Communications
Alejandra Rueda
Coordinator, Communications
Sacha de Almeida
Manager, Equipment Operations
Mark Cruz
Toronto FC Equipment Manager
Spencer Ure
Equipment Assistant