Toronto FC III Head Coach
Danny Dichio enters his first season as the Toronto FC III head coach.
Dichio was named head coach on December 19, 2016. He enters his seventh season with the Toronto FC Academy. Dichio retired from playing in September 2009 and moved into coaching shortly after. He was assistant coach to the First Team in 2010 and took on the responsibility of running his own team at the start of the 2011 season. Dichio spent the past two season coaching the Toronto FC Pod 1 team that competed in the Ontario Soccer U-21 League (OSL).
Dichio was born on October 19, 1974 in Hammersmith, London, England. He had a long playing career in Europe before moving across the Atlantic to join Toronto FC early in the club’s inaugural season in 2007. He is still a popular figure amongst the fan base for Toronto FC and was immortalized in their minds as he became the first player to score a goal in team history on May 12, 2007. He was named to the 2007 MLS All-Star inactive roster later that year and finished the season with six goals. Dichio scored 14 goals for Toronto FC in a total of 59 appearances. On May 8, 2010 he was the second player to have his name and number added to Toronto’s FC’s Wall of Honour.
Dichio began his professional career with Queens Park Rangers in 1993 and went on to score 20 goals in 75 appearances for the London club. In 1997 he moved to Italy where he played for Sampdoria and Lecce before returning to England in 1998. Dichio won promotion to the English Premier League with Sunderland and was part of the squad that finished in seventh place in the top flight for two consecutive seasons. From there he moved to West Bromwich Albion where he also won promotion to the Premier League. He also spent time with Derby County, Millwall and Preston North End.
Dichio has completed his Elite Formation Coaching Licence program, a development course partnered by Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation (FFF). He also holds a UEFA ‘B’ and United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’ & ‘B’ coaching licences. In addition to his coaching duties, Dichio also holds a club ambassador role for Toronto FC.