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Tim Bezbatchenko

Tim Bezbatchenko, ’04, joined Toronto FC as Sr. Vice President, Soccer Operations & General Manager on September 20, 2013 after having spent three years at Major League Soccer (MLS) as Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition.

Since joining Toronto FC, Bezbatchenko has been instrumental in making changes to a club that had never made the playoffs prior to his arrival. His work focused on changes to the roster and creating a new vision for Toronto FC: to be a leader in player development, to be a leading edge organization in innovative practices, and to be internationally recognized as a consistent contender for championships in North America. The changes spearheaded by Bezbatchenko have been instrumental in Toronto FC having the four best seasons in the club’s history, highlighted by becoming the first Canadian team to compete and host the MLS Cup Finals in 2016, winning the 2017 Supporters' Shield, and earning the highest regular season point total (69) in MLS history. 

At MLS, Bezbatchenko was responsible for negotiating and drafting player contracts as well as finalizing loan and transfer agreements for the import and export of players to and from MLS. Prior to joining MLS, Bezbatchenko served as an attorney for Shearman & Sterling LLP, in New York City, where he worked in their Mergers & Acquisitions group. He graduated with honors from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in economics in 2004 and from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2008.

Bezbatchenko lives in the west end of Toronto with his wife Annie, ’04, and their children Jack (5) and Sarah (2).

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