Coaching Staff

Chris Armas

Chris Armas - Head Coach

Chris Armas was named the 10th head coach in Toronto FC history on January 13, 2021.

Armas, 48, joins Toronto FC after most recently serving as the head coach of the New York Red Bulls. Armas took over the Red Bulls on July 6, 2018 and finished that season with a record of 12-3-3, leading the Red Bulls to the 2018 Supporters’ Shield and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. He departed the Red Bulls on September 4, 2020 with a record of 33-27-11 in all competitions while his teams averaged 1.61 points per game, (7th best all-time, minimum 50 MLS games managed). Armas originally served as an assistant coach under Jesse Marsch from 2015 until he took over head coaching duties following Marsch’s departure. In Marsch and Armas’ first season with the Red Bulls, the club won the 2015 Supporters’ Shield.

As a player, Armas is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. He played 12 years in the league, two with the LA Galaxy and 10 with the Chicago Fire. With the expansion Fire in 1998, Armas was a linchpin as Chicago won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double in their first season. During his decade long run in Chicago, Armas was a part of teams that won an MLS Cup (1998), the 2003 Supporters’ Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006).

Armas is one of only five players in league history to have been named to the MLS Best XI five times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003). He was a six-time MLS All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and was named the 2003 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Armas earned 66 caps for the U.S. National Team and won two Concacaf Gold Cups (2002, 2005). He was named U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.

 

Javier Perez

Javier Perez - Assistant Coach

Javier Perez was named as an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC on February 17, 2021.

Perez, a native of Spain, most recently worked as an assistant coach with New York City FC, where he spent four seasons (2016-20). Prior to his work with NYCFC, Perez spent four years with US Soccer, serving as head coach of the U-18 Men’s National Team and assistant coach with both the U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team. He was part of the senior men’s national team’s staff at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the U-20 squad at the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. Before coming to the US in 2007, Perez spent six years at Real Madrid as a head coach for youth teams from U-9 to U-19 at the club’s foundation development center (2001-2007).

Perez holds his UEFA Pro Licence, UEFA “A” Licence and a Ph.D. in Sports Science from Universidad De Leon in Spain.

 

Ian Russell

 

Ian Russell - Assistant Coach

Ian Russell was named as an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC on February 17, 2021.

Russell, a longtime MLS player and assistant coach, spent the past four seasons as head coach of USL side, Reno 1868 FC, where his side made the playoffs all four seasons, winning 64 matches during that time. Russell was named the 2020 USL Championship Coach of the Year as his side won the 2020 USL Supporters Shield. Prior to joining Reno 1868 FC, Russell was an assistant coach with the San Jose Earthquakes for eight seasons (2008-2016) and was part of the club’s 2012 Supporters’ Shield winning team. As a player, Russell spent six seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes and won two MLS Cups (2001, 2003) and one Supporters Shield title (2005). He spent his final season in 2007 with the LA Galaxy.

Russell holds both his PRO Licence and “A” Licence from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

 

Ewan Sharp

 

Ewan Sharp - Assistant Coach

Ewan Sharp was named as an Assistant Coach for Toronto FC on February 17, 2021.

Sharp joins after spending the past four seasons as a performance analyst with the New York Red Bulls. Sharp worked closely with the coaching staff and played an important role in opposition scouting, match planning, in match and post-match analysis. He also assisted the scouting department in identification and recruitment. Prior to his time with the Red Bulls, Sharp was the Director of Performance Analysis for the Northwestern University Men’s Soccer program (2015-2017). In addition, Sharp held roles with the Chicago Fire as First Team Video Assistant during the 2016 season and as an assistant coach with the Mercyhurst University Men’s Soccer program (2014-15).

Sharp holds a “C” Licence from the U.S. Soccer Federation and a UEFA “C” Licence – Phase 1.

 

Jon Conway

Jon Conway - Goalkeeper Coach

Conway enters his eighth season as goalkeeper coach for Toronto FC.

He originally joined the first team on August 31, 2014 after spending the previous two seasons as goalkeeper head coach with the Toronto FC Academy. Conway was part of the club’s Treble winning side in 2017 (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship) and an additional two Canadian Championship winning sides (2016, 2018).

Prior to the start of his coaching career, Conway had a successful career as a goalkeeper in Major League Soccer that began with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2000. In five seasons with the Earthquakes, Conway was part of two MLS Cup Championship teams. Conway was traded to the New York MetroStars who eventually became the Red Bulls and remained with the club for four seasons. He’d later join Chivas USA (2009), Toronto FC (2010) where he won one Canadian Championship with the Reds and finally with the Chicago Fire (2011). Conway retired as a player at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Conway holds a USSF “B” Licence and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Coaching Certification.

 

TFC II - Michael Munoz - Head Coach

 

TFC II - Danny Dichio - Assistant Coach

 

TFC II - Phil Boerger - Goalkeeper Coach

 

Medical/Player Performance

  • Dr. Ira Smith
    Team Physician
  • Dr. Tim Dwyer
    Team Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Carmelo Lobue
    Head Athletic Therapist
  • Marcelo Casal
    Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist
  • Shohei Miyauchi
    Assistant Athletic Therapist
  • Gus Kandilas
    Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
  • Shameer Ali
    Team Chiropractor

Communications

  • Jeff Bradley
    Director, Communications
  • Mike Masaro
    Senior Manager, Communications
  • Alejandra Rueda
    Coordinator, Communications

Equipment

  • Sacha De Almeida
    Manager, Equipment Operations
  • Mark Cruz
    Toronto FC Equipment Manager
  • Spencer Ure
    Equipment Assistant