Toronto FC

Toronto FC announce First Team staff

Toronto FC today announced that Eric Tenllado, Simon Eaddy, Robyn Gayle, and Alex Dodgshon will join Head Coach John Herdman’s First Team Staff.

“This group of people have experienced winning many times at BMO Field in the biggest moments for Canada in front of many of these fans and are highly motivated to experience that feeling with Toronto FC,” said Herdman. “We feel privileged to be able to work for the people of this city and will, as always, give our all to bring the success our fans deserve.”

Tenllado joins Toronto FC’s coaching staff as the Assistant Coach and Performance Lead, bringing extensive coaching experience at the club and national team level. Prior to joining TFC, Tenllado spent over five years with Canada Soccer, where he served as an Assistant Coach at the FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022), FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (2021, 2022), two Concacaf Gold Cups (2021, 2023) and one Concacaf Nations League (2022-2023). He was also part of the technical staff at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, served as an Assistant Coach at the FIFA U-17 World Cup (Brazil 2019) and Head Coach of the Canada team at the Concacaf U-15 Championship (USA 2019). Tenllado moved to Toronto in 2016 and served as Director of Coaching and Coach Development Manager for Toronto High Park Academy (2016-2019). He began his coaching career as an Academy coach at RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, where he spent over seven years (2009-2016) developing young players. The Barcelona, Spain native holds a UEFA PRO Licence (Barcelona, Spain) and holds a Physical Education and Sports Science Degree (University of Barcelona, Spain).

Eaddy joins Toronto FC as the club’s new Tech Co-ordinator & Goalkeeper Coach, bringing over 17 years of international soccer experience to Herdman’s coaching staff. Prior to Toronto FC, Eaddy spent time serving as the Goalkeeper Coach for the New Zealand U-20 and Women’s National Teams (2005-2011), the Canadian Women’s National Team (2012-2019) and the Canadian Men’s National team (2018-2023). Eaddy also worked as a National Development Manager for New Zealand Football for over three years since joining in 2009. Between the two countries, Eaddy has coached at two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups (Russia 2006, Chile 2008), three Summer Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016), four FIFA Women’s World Cups (China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015, France 2019), two Concacaf Nations Leagues (2019-2020, 2022-2023), one FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022) and most recently the Concacaf Gold Cup (2023). Throughout his career, he also has served as a Goalkeeper Coach at the club level with Auckland City FC and was part of the coaching staff at the FIFA Club World Cup (Abu Dhabi, 2009). The New Plymouth, New Zealand native holds a New Zealand Football Senior Level 3 and Oceania Football Confederation ‘B’ Coaching Licence. As a player, Eaddy spent time playing as a goalkeeper for Football Kingz FC [Australian National Soccer League], Ottawa Wizards [Canadian Professional Soccer League] and Waitakere United and Auckland City FC of the New Zealand Football Championship and represented Waitakere United at the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Gayle joins Toronto FC’s First Team as the Performance and Wellness Coach after spending the past eight years working with both the Men’s and Women’s National Team Programs. With TFC, she will focus on developing, delivering, and monitoring the team’s cultural framework and performance plans for the First Team players. Before joining TFC, Gayle served as the Mental and Cultural Manager at Canada Soccer and was part of Herdman’s coaching staff at one Summer Olympic Games (Rio 2016), one FIFA Women’s World Cup (France 2019) and one FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022). In 2020, Gayle was part of Beverly Priestman’s staff at the Summer Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020), where Canada won the Gold medal after winning 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out against Sweden. During her 10-year professional playing career, the Toronto, Ontario native represented Canada Women’s National Team (CWNT) at two Summer Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012). The two-time Olympian was part of the squad that won an Olympic Bronze medal in 2012. She also participated in three FIFA Women’s World Cups (China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015) and was part of the team that won the Gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodgshon joins Toronto FC’s coaching staff as the club’s Scouting & Analytics Coach. Prior to joining TFC, Dodgshon spent over two years with Canada Soccer, where he served as Lead Opposition Analyst for the Canadian Men’s National Team during two Concacaf Gold Cups (2021, 2023), one Concacaf Nations League (2022-2023) and one FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022). He began his coaching career as a Head Coach of the U-15 and U-17 Boys at Fredericton District Soccer Association, where he spent two years (2018-2020) helping develop young players. The Liverpool, England native holds a Master of Sport Science (University of New Brunswick, Canada) and Master of Chemistry (University of St. Andrews, Scotland).

In addition, Herdman has retained Terry Dunfield as an Assistant Coach. He worked alongside Herdman with the Canadian Men’s National Team and served as a Technical Assistant and Performance Analyst at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.