John Herdman named new head coach of Toronto FC

John Herdman (Bob Lord, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Peter Galindo of Rogers Sportsnet on Wednesday, John Herdman has been named the new head coach of Toronto FC. The 48-year-old native of Consett, England has been a fixture of Soccer Canada’s programs over the last decade. He was the head coach of the Canadian National Women’s Team from 2011 to 2018, and the head coach of the Canadian National Men’s Team from 2018 to 2023. Prior to that Herdman was the head coach of the New Zealand National Women’s Team from 2006 to 2011.

Herdman will begin his duties with Toronto FC on October 1. He is replacing Bob Bradley, who was fired on June 26. In the meantime, Terry Dunfield of Vancouver, British Columbia was named the interim head coach.

Herdman won two Olympic bronze medals coaching the Canadian women. The first bronze medal came at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the second bronze medal came at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With the Canadian men’s program, he helped Canada qualify for its second World Cup ever in 2022.

It has quite simply been a disastrous season for Toronto FC. They are dead last in the Eastern Conference with a record of three wins, 13 losses and 11 draws for 20 points. Only the Colorado Rapids have fewer points than Toronto FC in the entire Major League Soccer as they have 19 points.


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