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Toronto FC has shaken up its coaching ranks, dismissing Ryan Nelsen as head coach and naming TFC Academy Director Greg Vanney as his replacement. Rene Robert Jersey . General manager Tim Bezbatchenko has stated that Vanney will be the head coach moving forward and that the move does not come with an "interim" tag. Gone with Nelsen is the majority of the teams assistant coaches, including Fran OLeary, Jim Brennan, Duncan Oughton, goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr, and strength and conditioning coach Adrian Lamb. Reports have also surfaced that the team may be on the verge of moving star striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League, possibly to Nelsens old club: Queens Park Rangers. Bezbatchenko also commented on those rumours, noting that a player of Defoes stature would always be in demand to top-flight clubs. "We have received an offer [for Defoe] and we have discussed it internally," Bezbatchenko said. "We are in talks. We are speaking with him, but no decision has been made."  Defoe - who has missed four of the clubs last five games - is currently not with the club and is receiving treatment for his injured groin. "Jermain has over delivered on my expectations," Bezbatchenko said. "We are in regular contact with QPR & we will figure out whats best for him." TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack has reported that Defoe is currently in England. He has scored a club-leading 11 goals in only 16 games in 2014. That total puts him in a tie for fifth in the Major League Soccer scorers table. As to the timing of the move, Bezbatchenko said it had everything to do with the remaining games on the calendar and not with recent critical comments made by Nelsen. "We have 10 games remaining, so thats 30 points that are out there had we waited any longer," Bezbatchenko said at the news conference. The team has two games scheduled over the course of the next week: a home-and-away set with the Philadelphia Union, who sit just three points back of TFC in the Eastern Conference standings. Nelsen was critical of Bezbatchenko following his teams 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday. Bezbatchenko publicly stressed the importance of the game prior to kick-off, a move that irked Nelsen. In post-game comments Nelsen - himself a former New Zealand international - went off on his GM. "Ive won this league, played in it for four years, been in the (English) Premier League for 10 years, played in a World Cup, Olympics. Ive played in some pretty hot pressure games," he said. "One thing that I do know is this was not one of them." "It affected the guys," he said of the comments. "What we do at Toronto FC is we keep it in-house - everything we do, we keep inside the four walls. And the players, coaching staff, everything, stays within the four walls." Vanney was hired in December, 2013 after serving as part of the Los Angeles Galaxys Academy staff. “Greg is a visionary when it comes to player development. He shares our Clubs passion for innovation and is an educator of both players and coaches," Bezbatchenko said upon hiring Vanney in December. "We are pleased to welcome him to Toronto FC,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. Vanney is looking for a homegrown solution to the clubs long-term success. "I believe in the Canadian player," he said Sunday. "I believe they are integral to our team." The 36-year-old Nelsen was named head coach in January of 2013 despite still being an active player for the English Premier Leagues Queens Park Rangers. He would leave QPR three weeks later to take up his duties with Toronto FC. He guided Toronto FC to one of their worst seasons on record last season, the team finishing with a 6-17-11 record. The team has turned things around in 2014, though, in large part to the additions of high-profile internationals Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley. Toronto FC currently sits tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with 33 points through 24 games (9-9-6), on-pace for their first ever MLS Cup Playoffs berth. Toronto FC has had eight different head coaches over its seven-plus seasons in Major League Soccer. Nelsens 58 games as coach are the second-most in club history behind Aron Winters 64 between 2011 and 2012. Joe Sakic Jersey . Cleary also had two assists and Patrick Eaves added two goals for the Red Wings, who also ousted Phoenix in seven games during the first round of the 2010 postseason. Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which got a goal apiece from Tomas Holmstrom and Niklas Kronwall and suffered no shortage of offense despite the absences of Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. 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First Round Selections PICK MLS CLUB PLAYER POS. 2013-14 AFFILIATION 1 Orlando Cyle Larin F Connecticut 2 New York FC Khiry Shelton F Oregon State 3 Montreal Romario Williams F Central Florida 4 San Jose Fatai Alashe M Michigan State 5 Portland Nick Besler M Notre Dame 6 Toronto Alex Bono G Syracuse 7 Chicago Matt Polster D SIU Edwardsville 8 Houston Zach Steinberger M Butler 9 Toronto Clement Simonin D North Carolina State 10 Kansas City Conor Hallisey M California 11 Toronto Skylar Thomas D Syracuse 12 Kansas City Saad Abdul-Salaam D Akron 13 Vancouver Tim Parker D St. Johns 14 Colorado Axel Sjoberg D Marquette 15 Dallas Otis Earle D UC Riverside 16 Seattle Cristian Roldan M Washington 17 D.C. Miguel Aguilar F San Franciisco 18 NY Red Bulls Leo Stolz M UCLA 19 Columbus Sergio Campbell D Connecticut 20 Kansas City Amadou Dia M Clemson 21 Los Angeles Ignacio Maganto F Iona Notes on traded picks: 5. Adam Foote Jersey. Portland acquired Colorados first-round selection in exchange for Danny Mwanga. 6. Toronto FC acquired Chivas USAs first-round selection along with an international roster slot and an Allocation spot in exchange for the #1 spot in the 2013 MLS Allocation Order. 10. Sporting Kansas City acquired Philadelphias first-round selection in exchange for C.J. Sapong. 11. Toronto FC acquired Portlands first-round selection, Bright Dike, and allocation money in exchange for Maximiliano Urruti and use of an international roster slot 14. Colorado acquired Columbus first-round selection in exchange for the 19th overall selection and future considerations. 16. Seattle acquired Salt Lakes first-round selection in exchange for a second round selection and allocation money. 19. Columbus acquired the 19th pick from Colorado in exchange for the 14th overall selection and future considerations. The pick originally belonged to Seattle. 20. Sporting Kansas City acquired New Englands first-round selection and allocation money from New England Revolution in exchange for Teal Bunbury. 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