First Team Staff

Greg Vanney - Head Coach

Greg Vanney originally joined Toronto FC on December 11, 2013 as the club’s Assistant General Manager and Academy Director. Vanney holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and has been involved with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He is also currently taking part in the Elite Formation Coaching Licence program, a development course partnered by Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation.

"I’m very honoured to be named head coach of Toronto FC and I am looking forward to working with an exceptional group of players,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Greg Vanney. “This is a time for all of us to come together and achieve our goal of making the playoffs for the first time in club history. We’re in a good position in the standings. I know the players in our room believe in each other and we are looking forward to a positive response on Wednesday"

Vanney previously held titles of Director of Soccer Operations and Director of Real Salt Lake-Arizona Youth Academy at Grande Sports World. It was there that he oversaw program and business development at the Grande Sports World facility. Vanney, Grande Sports World, and Real Salt Lake were responsible for creation of the first MLS Residential Academy in the United States, which began play in the Fall of 2010. Vanney also held a dual role at Chivas USA from 2011-2012 as assistant coach under Robin Fraser and technical director of the youth academy.

Vanney played professionally for 13 years, starting with the LA Galaxy in 1996. During his time with the Galaxy, Vanney helped lead the club to three MLS Cup championship finals, one Supporter's Shield, a US Open Cup Championship and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2000 and 2001. Following the 2001 season, Vanney transferred to SC Bastia, of France’s Ligue 1, where he remained until 2005 helping the club reach the Coup de France Final in 2002. He re-joined MLS, signing with FC Dallas and spent two seasons with the Hoops; where he earned two All-Star selections, captaining the 2005 team to a 4-0 victory over Fulham. Vanney was traded to the Colorado Rapids in January 2007, and then to D.C. United later that same season. Vanney re-joined the LA Galaxy in February 2008 and retired at the conclusion of the season. During his playing career, Vanney earned 36 caps and scored one goal for the United States Men’s National team. Vanney was added to the U.S. 2002 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad, but missed the tournament due to injury and was also part of the U.S. side that won the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jason Bent - Assistant Coach

Jason Bent enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for Toronto FC. Bent joined the first team ahead of the 2011 season, after spending the previous three seasons in the Academy.

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Bent is a local coach who brings a wealth of experience having played internationally and within Major League Soccer. He went to the University of Maryland prior to joining the Colorado Rapids. Bent spent three seasons with the Rapids appearing in over 50 matches and was part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals squad in 1999.

His last professional club was Plymouth Argyle in England where he played three seasons. Bent helped Plymouth win the Division Three Championship in 2001-2002, and the Division Two Championship in 2003-2004.

In addition to his club football career, Bent earned 32 caps for the Canadian National Team.



Dr. Ira Smith
Team Physician

Carmelo Lobue
Head Athletic Therapist

Shawn Jeffers
Assistant Athletic Therapist

Marcelo Casal
Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist

Shameer Ali
Team Chiropractor

Corey Wray
Sr. Manager, Team Operations

Ted Tieu
Team Operations

Issa Tall
Coordinator, International Scouting & Academy Coach

Mike Masaro
Coordinator, Media Relations

Anthony Cozzetto
Media Relations Assistant

Leslie Williamson
Executive Assistant

Malcolm Phillips
Equipment Manager

Sacha De Almeida
Assistant Equipment Manager