Preki, Johnston, Out at Toronto FC

 

Toronto FC’s 1-0 loss to last-place DC United on Saturday did more than put a dent in the Reds’ playoff chances. It also appears to have cost head coach Preki and GM Mo Johnston their jobs.

Tom Anselmi, chief operating officer of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, the club’s owner, made the announcement today, saying, “It hasn’t worked, it just hasn’t worked and so we’re moving on.”

Toronto FC failed to reach the playoffs in each of its first three seasons, and, after a recent slump, looks unlikely to make the postseason this year.

Johnston had been with the team since its inception—after a mediocre spell as coach in New York—while Preki took the coaching reins this season after a successful run as head coach of Chivas USA.

He led the Goats to the playoffs in each of his three years in Los Angeles and was named MLS coach of the year in 2007.

Assistant Nick Dasovic will take over as head coach for the rest of the season. Earl Cochrane will serve as interim GM.

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Your National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010

This group will be honored in a ceremony before tonight’s U.S.-Brazil game at the New Meadowlands Stadium (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. EST).

Bruce Arena

Led U.S. to 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.

Thomas Dooley

German import provided veteran leadership and backbone in the middle for the U.S. throughout the 1990s.

Preki

Owner of the wickedest left foot in U.S. soccer history (and current coach of Toronto FC). Scored the lone goal in U.S.’s historic 1998 Gold Cup win over Brazil.

Kyle Rote Jr.

Pioneering Yank played seven seasons in the NASL, made historic Nutrament commercial.

Bonus, semi-related clip:

Pelé’s 1975 NASL Debut

Check out the field they made him play on: Downing Stadium, Randall’s Island, NYC, unbelievable. No matter, he had a goal and an assist.