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Toronto FC fires GM Payne

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto FC has fired president and general manager Kevin Payne.

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Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, says he and Payne agreed the team will move in a different direction in 2014.

Payne says he understood the team's desire to move forward, adding that he wants ``nothing but the best for the club.''

Payne, a former D.C. United executive, arrived in late November to turn around the worst team in Major League Soccer. But progress has been slow, with Toronto FC finishing 4-12-10 under coach Ryan Nelsen.

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