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Interim No More: Toronto FC names Javier Perez as head coach for remainder of 2021

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Javier Perez has earned his stripes.

Orlando City SC v Toronto FC Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC announced today that the club is removing the “interim” tag from head coach Javier Perez’s title. Perez will be the club’s head coach for the remainder of the 2021 season.

After starting the season as an assistant coach with the club, Perez was never officially named ‘interim’ head coach after taking over coaching responsibilities from Chris Armas. However, after impressing right from the jump with a convincing performance against current Supporters’ Shield leaders New England Revolution followed by a subsequent run of five games unbeaten, the Spaniard was allowed to continue leading the charge.

Since Perez took over as TFC’s head coach on July 7, the Reds have a record of 2-1-4 (10 points) with road victories over the New England and Chicago Fire and four draws at home.

The former Real Madrid youth coach has added a certain level of calmness and stability among the group, with Eriq Zavaleta likening him to former head coach Greg Vanney in recent weeks.

There is no word on what will happen beyond the 2021 MLS season, however, one would assume that at this point it’s Perez’s job to lose.

Toronto FC are currently last place in the Eastern Conference with 16 matches left to play. Nine points out of the seventh and final playoff spot, the Reds are back in action on Saturday when they take on New England at BMO Field.