Chris Armas becomes head coach of MLS Toronto team

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas speaks to the fans after an MLS soccer match against Orlando City in Harrison, N.J. The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United are clearly the two best teams in Major League Soccer These two powerhouses will meet in a two-leg Eastern Conference final, which begins Sunday night before another expected crowd of more than 70,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The second game will be held Thursday night in Harrison, N.J. ((AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
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TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Armas has replaced Greg Vanney as head coach of Toronto in Major League Soccer.

Armas, 48, was head coach of the New York Red Bulls from July 6, 2018, until last Sept. 4.

Toronto general manager Ali Curtis was sporting director at the Red Bulls while Armas was an assistant coach there. Armas was hired as a Red Bulls assistant coach in 2015 and became head coach when Jesse Marsch moved to RB Leipzig in Germany.

Vanney quit Toronto on Dec. 1 after more than six seasons and became head coach of the LA Galaxy.

''This will wake me up early and it will put me to bed late,'' Armas said Thursday. ''And then I'll sleep well. But I'm going to work, I'm going to work hard to deliver excellence, trophies. And I can guarantee that I will coach a team that is clear - they're clear with roles, we are together, we don't cut corners and we have a style of play that is on the front foot and we go after every game.''

A defensive midfielder, Armas had two goals in 66 appearances for the U.S. He played in MLS for the Galaxy (1996-97) and Chicago Fire (1998-2007).

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