The Columbus Crew fired head coach Caleb Porter on Monday after Sunday’s loss eliminated them from post-season contention.
The Crew could have clinched a berth with a draw against Orlando City SC but instead lost 2-1.
Orlando City converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute to snap a tie and defeat the Crew.
Porter recorded a 45-43-37 regular season record and helped the club secure an MLS Cup (2020) and the Campeones Cup (2021).
“This is not a decision we took lightly, and I need to first and foremost thank Caleb for his tireless efforts for the Crew during his four seasons with the Club,” Crew general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a news release.
“Caleb will forever be a part of Black & Gold history as the second star above our crest from 2020 is a testament to his contributions and what we were able to bring home during a special year.”
Bezbatchenko confirmed that assistant coaches Pablo Moreira, Tim Hanley, Eric Quill also will not be retained.