List of Major League Soccer head coaches

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The following is a list of Major League Soccer head coaches — including lists of current head coaches and head coaches with most wins. Major League Soccer is a Division 1 professional soccer league, with 29 teams — 26 in the United States and 3 in Canada.

Current MLS head coaches[edit]

Coach Nationality Age Club Date appointed Time as coach Played in MLS
Gonzalo Pineda  Mexico 41 Atlanta United FC August 12, 2021 2 years, 195 days 2014–2015
Josh Wolff  United States 46 Austin FC July 23, 2019 4 years, 306 days 1998–2006
2008–2012
Dean Smith  England 52 Charlotte FC December 12, 2023 73 days N/A
Frank Klopas  United States 57 Chicago Fire FC May 8, 2023 291 days 1996–1999
Pat Noonan  United States 43 FC Cincinnati December 14, 2021 2 years, 132 days 2003–2007
2008–2012
Chris Armas  United States 51 Colorado Rapids November 17, 2023 98 days 1996–2007
Wilfried Nancy  France 46 Columbus Crew December 6, 2022 1 year, 79 days N/A
Nico Estévez  Spain 44 FC Dallas December 2, 2021 2 years, 83 days N/A
Troy Lesesne  United States 40 D.C. United January 10, 2024 44 days N/A
Ben Olsen  United States 46 Houston Dynamo FC November 8, 2022 1 year, 107 days 1998–2009
Gerardo Martino  Argentina 61 Inter Miami CF June 28, 2023 240 days N/A
Greg Vanney  United States 49 LA Galaxy January 5, 2021 3 years, 49 days 1996–2001
2005–2008
Steve Cherundolo  United States 45 Los Angeles FC January 3, 2022 2 years, 51 days N/A
Cameron Knowles (interim)  New Zealand 41 Minnesota United FC January 5, 2024 49 days 2005–2010
Laurent Courtois  France 45 CF Montréal January 8, 2024 46 days 2011–2013
Gary Smith  England 55 Nashville SC November 3, 2019 4 years, 112 days N/A
Caleb Porter  United States 49 New England Revolution December 19, 2023 66 days 1998–2000
Nick Cushing  England 39 New York City FC June 13, 2022 1 year, 255 days N/A
Sandro Schwarz  Germany 45 New York Red Bulls December 14, 2023 71 days N/A
Óscar Pareja  Colombia 55 Orlando City SC December 4, 2019 4 years, 81 days 1998–2005
Jim Curtin  United States 44 Philadelphia Union June 10, 2014 9 years, 258 days 2001–2009
Phil Neville  England 47 Portland Timbers November 6, 2023 109 days N/A
Pablo Mastroeni  United States 47 Real Salt Lake August 27, 2021 2 years, 180 days 1998–2013
Luchi Gonzalez  United States 43 San Jose Earthquakes August 17, 2022 1 year, 190 days N/A
Brian Schmetzer  United States 61 Seattle Sounders FC July 26, 2016 7 years, 212 days N/A
Peter Vermes  United States 57 Sporting Kansas City August 4, 2009 14 years, 203 days 1996–2002
Bradley Carnell  South Africa 47 St. Louis City SC January 5, 2022 2 years, 49 days N/A
John Herdman  England 48 Toronto FC October 1, 2023 145 days N/A
Vanni Sartini  Italy 47 Vancouver Whitecaps FC August 27, 2021 2 years, 180 days N/A

Most coaching wins[edit]

Achievements[edit]

The following table shows the MLS head coaches that have won the Coach of the Year, MLS Cup, or Supporters' Shield at least twice.

Coach Coach of the Year MLS Cup Supporters' Shield
Bruce Arena 4 (1997, 2009, 2011, 2021) 5 (1996, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2014) 4 (1997, 2010, 2011, 2021)
Bob Bradley 3 (1998, 2006, 2019) 1 (1998) 1 (2019)
Sigi Schmid 2 (1999, 2008) 2 (2002, 2008) 3 (2002, 2008, 2014)
Frank Yallop 2 (2001, 2012) 2 (2001, 2003) 1 (2012)
Dominic Kinnear 1 (2005) 2 (2006, 2007) 1 (2005)
Caleb Porter 1 (2013) 2 (2015, 2020)
Thomas Rongen 1 (1996) 1 (1999) 2 (1996, 1999)
Brian Schmetzer 2 (2016, 2019)

List of all-time coaches[edit]

The list of coaches includes everyone who has coached a club while they were in the MLS, whether in a permanent or temporary role. Interim coaches are listed only when they managed the team for at least one match in that period.

Coaches highlighted in yellow and in italics are currently head coach of the listed MLS club.

As of January 10, 2024.
Name Nationality Club From Until
Gerardo Martino  Argentina Atlanta United 2017 2018
Frank de Boer  Netherlands Atlanta United 2019 2020
Stephen Glass (interim)  Scotland Atlanta United 2020 2020
Gabriel Heinze  Argentina Atlanta United 2021 2021
Rob Valentino (interim)  United States Atlanta United 2021 2021
Gonzalo Pineda  Mexico Atlanta United 2021 present
Josh Wolff  United States Austin FC 2021 present
Miguel Ángel Ramírez  Spain Charlotte FC 2022 2022
Christian Lattanzio  Italy Charlotte FC 2022 2023
Dean Smith  England Charlotte FC 2024 present
Bob Bradley  United States Chicago Fire 1998 2002
Dave Sarachan  United States Chicago Fire 2003 2007
Denis Hamlett (interim)  Costa Rica Chicago Fire 2007 2007
Juan Carlos Osorio  Colombia Chicago Fire 2007 2007
Denis Hamlett  Costa Rica Chicago Fire 2008 2009
Carlos de los Cobos  Mexico Chicago Fire 2010 2011
Frank Klopas  United States Chicago Fire 2011 2013
Frank Yallop  Canada Chicago Fire 2014 2015
Brian Bliss (interim)  United States Chicago Fire 2015 2015
Veljko Paunović  Serbia Chicago Fire 2016 2019
Raphaël Wicky   Switzerland Chicago Fire 2020 2021
Frank Klopas (interim)  United States Chicago Fire 2021 2021
Ezra Hendrickson  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Chicago Fire 2022 2023
Frank Klopas  United States Chicago Fire 2023 present
Thomas Rongen  Netherlands Chivas USA 2005 2005
Javier Ledesma (interim)  Mexico Chivas USA 2005 2005
Hans Westerhof  Netherlands Chivas USA 2005 2005
Bob Bradley  United States Chivas USA 2006 2006
Preki  United States Chivas USA 2007 2009
Martín Vásquez  United States Chivas USA 2010 2010
Robin Fraser  United States Chivas USA 2011 2012
José Luis Sánchez Solá  Mexico Chivas USA 2013 2013
Sacha van der Most (interim)  Netherlands Chivas USA 2013 2013
José Luis Real  Mexico Chivas USA 2013 2013
Wilmer Cabrera  Colombia Chivas USA 2014 2014
Alan Koch  South Africa FC Cincinnati 2019 2019
Yoann Damet (interim)  France FC Cincinnati 2019 2019
Ron Jans  Netherlands FC Cincinnati 2019 2020
Yoann Damet (interim)  France FC Cincinnati 2020 2020
Jaap Stam  Netherlands FC Cincinnati 2020 2021
Tyrone Marshall (interim)  Jamaica FC Cincinnati 2021 2021
Pat Noonan  United States FC Cincinnati 2022 present
Bobby Houghton  England Colorado Rapids 1996 1996
Roy Wegerle (interim)  United States Colorado Rapids 1996 1996
Glenn Myernick  United States Colorado Rapids 1997 2000
Tim Hankinson  United States Colorado Rapids 2001 2004
Fernando Clavijo  United States Colorado Rapids 2005 2008
Gary Smith  England Colorado Rapids 2008 2011
Óscar Pareja  Colombia Colorado Rapids 2012 2013
Pablo Mastroeni  United States Colorado Rapids 2014 2017
Steve Cooke (interim)  England Colorado Rapids 2017 2017
Anthony Hudson  England Colorado Rapids 2017 2019
Conor Casey (interim)  United States Colorado Rapids 2019 2019
Robin Fraser  United States Colorado Rapids 2019 2023
Chris Little (interim)  Scotland Colorado Rapids 2023 2023
Chris Armas  United States Colorado Rapids 2024 present
Timo Liekoski  Finland Columbus Crew 1996 1996
Tom Fitzgerald  United States Columbus Crew 1996 2001
Greg Andrulis  United States Columbus Crew 2001 2005
Robert Warzycha (interim)  Poland Columbus Crew 2005 2005
Sigi Schmid  United States Columbus Crew 2006 2008
Robert Warzycha  Poland Columbus Crew 2009 2013
Brian Bliss (interim)  United States Columbus Crew 2013 2013
Gregg Berhalter  United States Columbus Crew 2014 2018
Caleb Porter  United States Columbus Crew 2019 2022
Wilfried Nancy  France Columbus Crew 2023 present
Bruce Arena  United States D.C. United 1996 1998
Thomas Rongen  Netherlands D.C. United 1999 2001
Ray Hudson  England D.C. United 2002 2003
Piotr Nowak  Poland D.C. United 2004 2006
Tom Soehn  United States D.C. United 2006 2009
Curt Onalfo  United States D.C. United 2010 2010
Ben Olsen  United States D.C. United 2010 2020
Chad Ashton (interim)  United States D.C. United 2020 2020
Hernán Losada  Argentina D.C. United 2021 2022
Chad Ashton (interim)  United States D.C. United 2022 2022
Wayne Rooney  England D.C. United 2022 2023
Frédéric Brillant (interim)  France D.C. United 2023 2023
Troy Lesesne  United States D.C. United 2024 present
Dave Dir  United States Dallas Burn 1996 2000
Mike Jeffries  United States Dallas Burn 2001 2003
Colin Clarke  Northern Ireland Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 2003 2006
Steve Morrow  Northern Ireland FC Dallas 2007 2008
Marco Ferruzzi (interim)  United States FC Dallas 2008 2008
Schellas Hyndman  United States FC Dallas 2008 2013
Óscar Pareja  Colombia FC Dallas 2014 2018
Luchi Gonzalez  United States FC Dallas 2019 2021
Marco Ferruzzi (interim)  United States FC Dallas 2021 2021
Nico Estévez  Spain FC Dallas 2022 present
Dominic Kinnear  United States Houston Dynamo 2006 2014
Owen Coyle  Republic of Ireland Houston Dynamo 2015 2016
Wade Barrett (interim)  United States Houston Dynamo 2016 2016
Wilmer Cabrera  Colombia Houston Dynamo 2017 2019
Davy Arnaud (interim)  United States Houston Dynamo 2019 2019
Tab Ramos  United States Houston Dynamo 2020 2021
Paulo Nagamura  Brazil Houston Dynamo 2022 2022
Kenny Bundy (interim)  United States Houston Dynamo 2022 2022
Ben Olsen  United States Houston Dynamo 2023 present
Diego Alonso  Uruguay Inter Miami 2020 2020
Phil Neville  England Inter Miami 2021 2023
Javier Morales (interim)  Argentina Inter Miami 2023 2023
Gerardo Martino  Argentina Inter Miami 2023 present
Ron Newman  England Kansas City Wiz/Wizards 1996 1999
Ken Fogarty (interim)  England Kansas City Wizards 1999 1999
Bob Gansler  United States Kansas City Wizards 1999 2006
Brian Bliss (interim)  United States Kansas City Wizards 2006 2006
Curt Onalfo  United States Kansas City Wizards 2007 2009
Peter Vermes  United States Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City 2009 present
Lothar Osiander  Germany LA Galaxy 1996 1997
Octavio Zambrano  Ecuador LA Galaxy 1997 1999
Sigi Schmid  United States LA Galaxy 1999 2004
Steve Sampson  United States LA Galaxy 2004 2006
Frank Yallop  Canada LA Galaxy 2006 2007
Ruud Gullit  Netherlands LA Galaxy 2008 2008
Cobi Jones (interim)  United States LA Galaxy 2008 2008
Bruce Arena  United States LA Galaxy 2008 2016
Curt Onalfo  United States LA Galaxy 2017 2017
Sigi Schmid  United States LA Galaxy 2017 2018
Dominic Kinnear (interim)  United States LA Galaxy 2018 2018
Guillermo Barros Schelotto  Argentina LA Galaxy 2019 2020
Dominic Kinnear (interim)  United States LA Galaxy 2020 2020
Greg Vanney  United States LA Galaxy 2021 present
Bob Bradley  United States Los Angeles FC 2018 2021
Steve Cherundolo  United States Los Angeles FC 2022 present
Carlos Córdoba  Argentina Miami Fusion 1998 1998
Ivo Wortmann  Brazil Miami Fusion 1998 2000
Ray Hudson  England Miami Fusion 2000 2001
Adrian Heath  England Minnesota United 2017 2023
Sean McAuley (interim)  England Minnesota United 2023 2023
Cameron Knowles (interim)  New Zealand Minnesota United 2024 present
Jesse Marsch  United States Montreal Impact 2012 2012
Marco Schällibaum   Switzerland Montreal Impact 2013 2013
Frank Klopas  United States Montreal Impact 2014 2015
Mauro Biello  Canada Montreal Impact 2015 2017
Rémi Garde  France Montreal Impact 2017 2019
Wílmer Cabrera  Colombia Montreal Impact 2019 2019
Thierry Henry  France Montreal Impact 2020 2020
Wilfried Nancy  France CF Montréal 2021 2022
Hernán Losada  Argentina CF Montréal 2023 2023
Laurent Courtois  France CF Montréal 2024 present
Gary Smith  England Nashville SC 2020 present
Frank Stapleton  Ireland New England Revolution 1996 1996
Thomas Rongen  Netherlands New England Revolution 1997 1998
Walter Zenga  Italy New England Revolution 1999 1999
Steve Nicol (interim)  Scotland New England Revolution 1999 1999
Fernando Clavijo  United States New England Revolution 2000 2002
Steve Nicol  Scotland New England Revolution 2002 2011
Jay Heaps  United States New England Revolution 2012 2017
Brad Friedel  United States New England Revolution 2017 2019
Mike Lapper (interim)  United States New England Revolution 2019 2019
Bruce Arena  United States New England Revolution 2019 2023
Richie Williams (interim)  United States New England Revolution 2023 2023
Clint Peay (interim)  United States New England Revolution 2023 2023
Caleb Porter  United States New England Revolution 2024 present
Jason Kreis  United States New York City FC 2015 2015
Patrick Vieira  France New York City FC 2016 2018
Domènec Torrent  Spain New York City FC 2018 2019
Ronny Deila  Norway New York City FC 2020 2022
Nick Cushing  England New York City FC 2022 present
Eddie Firmani  Italy New York/New Jersey MetroStars 1996 1996
Carlos Queiroz  Portugal New York/New Jersey MetroStars 1996 1996
Carlos Alberto Parreira  Brazil New York/New Jersey MetroStars 1997 1997
Alfonso Mondelo  Spain MetroStars 1998 1998
Bora Milutinović  Serbia MetroStars 1998 1999
Octavio Zambrano  Ecuador MetroStars 2000 2002
Bob Bradley  United States MetroStars 2003 2005
Mo Johnston  Scotland MetroStars/New York Red Bulls 2005 2006
Richie Williams (interim)  United States New York Red Bulls 2006 2006
Bruce Arena  United States New York Red Bulls 2006 2007
Juan Carlos Osorio  Colombia New York Red Bulls 2008 2009
Richie Williams (interim)  United States New York Red Bulls 2009 2009
Hans Backe  Sweden New York Red Bulls 2010 2012
Mike Petke  United States New York Red Bulls 2013 2014
Jesse Marsch  United States New York Red Bulls 2015 2018
Chris Armas  United States New York Red Bulls 2018 2020
Bradley Carnell (interim)  South Africa New York Red Bulls 2020 2020
Gerhard Struber  Austria New York Red Bulls 2020 2023
Troy Lesesne  United States New York Red Bulls 2023 2023
Sandro Schwarz  Germany New York Red Bulls 2024 present
Adrian Heath  England Orlando City 2015 2016
Bobby Murphy (interim)  United States Orlando City 2016 2016
Jason Kreis  United States Orlando City 2016 2018
Bobby Murphy (interim)  United States Orlando City 2018 2018
James O'Connor  Ireland Orlando City 2018 2019
Óscar Pareja  Colombia Orlando City 2020 present
Piotr Nowak  Poland Philadelphia Union 2010 2012
John Hackworth  United States Philadelphia Union 2012 2014
Jim Curtin  United States Philadelphia Union 2014 present
John Spencer  Scotland Portland Timbers 2011 2012
Gavin Wilkinson (interim)  New Zealand Portland Timbers 2012 2012
Caleb Porter  United States Portland Timbers 2013 2017
Giovanni Savarese  Venezuela Portland Timbers 2018 2023
Miles Joseph (interim)  United States Portland Timbers 2023 2023
Phil Neville  England Portland Timbers 2024 present
John Ellinger  United States Real Salt Lake 2005 2007
Jason Kreis  United States Real Salt Lake 2007 2013
Jeff Cassar  United States Real Salt Lake 2014 2017
Daryl Shore (interim)  United States Real Salt Lake 2017 2017
Mike Petke  United States Real Salt Lake 2017 2019
Freddy Juarez  United States Real Salt Lake 2019 2021
Pablo Mastroeni  United States Real Salt Lake 2021 present
Laurie Calloway  England San Jose Clash 1996 1997
Brian Quinn  Northern Ireland San Jose Clash 1997 1999
Jorge Espinoza (interim)  Chile San Jose Clash 1999 1999
Lothar Osiander  Germany San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1999 2000
Frank Yallop  Canada San Jose Earthquakes 2001 2003
Dominic Kinnear  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2004 2005
Frank Yallop  Canada San Jose Earthquakes 2008 2013
Mark Watson  Canada San Jose Earthquakes 2013 2014
Ian Russell (interim)  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2014 2014
Dominic Kinnear  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2015 2017
Chris Leitch  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2017 2017
Mikael Stahre  Sweden San Jose Earthquakes 2017 2018
Steve Ralston  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2018 2018
Matías Almeyda  Argentina San Jose Earthquakes 2019 2022
Alex Covelo (interim)  Spain San Jose Earthquakes 2022 2022
Luchi Gonzalez  United States San Jose Earthquakes 2023 present
Sigi Schmid  United States Seattle Sounders 2009 2016
Brian Schmetzer  United States Seattle Sounders 2016 present
Bradley Carnell  South Africa St. Louis City 2023 present
Thomas Rongen  Netherlands Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996 1996
John Kowalski  United States Tampa Bay Mutiny 1997 1998
Tim Hankinson  United States Tampa Bay Mutiny 1998 2000
Alfonso Mondelo  Spain Tampa Bay Mutiny 2001 2001
Perry Van der Beck  United States Tampa Bay Mutiny 2001 2001
Mo Johnston  Scotland Toronto FC 2007 2007
John Carver  England Toronto FC 2008 2009
Chris Cummins (interim)  England Toronto FC 2009 2009
Preki  United States Toronto FC 2010 2010
Nick Dasovic (interim)  Canada Toronto FC 2010 2010
Aron Winter  Netherlands Toronto FC 2011 2012
Paul Mariner  England Toronto FC 2012 2012
Ryan Nelsen  New Zealand Toronto FC 2013 2014
Greg Vanney  United States Toronto FC 2014 2020
Chris Armas  United States Toronto FC 2021 2021
Javier Pérez  Spain Toronto FC 2021 2021
Bob Bradley  United States Toronto FC 2022 2023
Terry Dunfield (interim)  Canada Toronto FC 2023 2023
John Herdman  England Toronto FC 2023 present
Teitur Thordarson  Iceland Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 2011
Tom Soehn (interim)  United States Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 2011
Martin Rennie  Scotland Vancouver Whitecaps 2012 2013
Carl Robinson  Wales Vancouver Whitecaps 2014 2018
Craig Dalrymple (interim)  England Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 2018
Marc Dos Santos  Canada Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 2021
Vanni Sartini  Italy Vancouver Whitecaps 2021 present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Bruce Arena sets MLS coaching wins record". Major League Soccer. March 5, 2022. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Winningest coaches in MLS Cup Playoffs history". Major League Soccer. May 28, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Pedersen, Matt (November 13, 2013). "Houston Dynamo player milestones and notes from 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved July 26, 2016.

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