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Vanney resigns as coach of Toronto in Major League Soccer

Greg Vanney resigned as Toronto's coach on Tuesday after more than six seasons in charge of the Major League Soccer team.

Toronto finished second in the Eastern Conference at 13-5-5 during the pandemic-shortened season, then lost to Nashville 1-0 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs.

A defender who played 37 matches for the U.S. from 1996-2006, Vanney was an assistant coach at Chivas USA and was hired by Toronto in December 2013 as assistant general manager and academy director. He replaced Ryan Nelsen in August 2014, becoming Toronto's ninth coach in eight years.

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, left, calls out to his team during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff match against Nashville SC, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP PhotoJessica Hill)

Vanney led Toronto to 87 wins, 68 losses and 48 draws in the regular season, and the 2017 MLS Cup title.

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Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio, third from right, talks with head coach Greg Vanney, second from right, during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Atlanta United, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP PhotoJessica Hill)

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney smiles during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Columbus Crew, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP PhotoJessica Hill)

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith gestures a thumbs up to Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney before the start of an MLS soccer playoff match, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP PhotoJessica Hill)