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Nelsen to leave QPR for Toronto job

Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen will leave Loftus Road to become head coach of MLS club Toronto FC.
Ryan Nelsen heads home an equaliser for Queens Park Rangers
Nelsen made 21 appearances for QPR
Nelsen, 35, joined Rangers from Tottenham in the summer, when he was signed by ex-Loftus Road boss Mark Hughes. 
Although he is under contract in west London until the end of June, he will hold talks with manager Harry Redknapp about when he can leave to join the Canadian club.
The New Zealander will, however, be available for the Premier League game against Tottenham at the weekend.
Nelsen has previously spent four years in the MLS with DC United and was named in the 2004 MLS team of the year. He made 21 appearances in all competitions for QPR this season.
Speaking at the weekend, Redknapp said he did not want to lose Nelsen, adding: “Ryan Nelsen is very important for us, a good leader, but he’s been offered a job in the MLS and there’s every chance he wants to go. He wants to be a manager, and it gives him a chance."
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