December 5, 2006 Toronto FC rounds out coaching staff (from Toronto FC Media Relations)
Toronto FC rounds out coaching staff
Toronto FC Media Relations
Toronto FC announced Tuesday they have named Bob Gansler, and Mike Matkovich, as the team's assistant coaches and Carmine Issaco as goalkeeper coach. All three have agreed to multi-year contracts. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. Gansler reunites with Head Coach Mo Johnston who played for him, and was the captain the year the Kansas City Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000. That same season, he received the prestigious Walt Chyzowych award, recognizing his achievements and dedication to the growth of soccer in America.
"I am very excited to be working with Bob again", said Johnston. "He is a big part of why I went into coaching, and to have him here in Toronto is tremendous".
Gansler also led Kansas City to the US Open Cup in 2004. In 1997, he coached the Milwaukee Rampage of the United Soccer League to the league title in 1997. He coached the US National Team at the 1990 World Cup, which was the team's first appearance at the tournament since 1950.
As a player, Gansler trained with the US National Team between 1963 and 1969, and captained the Olympic Teams in 1964 and 1968.
Matkovich joins Toronto FC from the Chicago Magic Soccer Club of the Super Y League where he's been a part of the organization since starting the club in 1998 as the Director of Coaching. The Super Y League is the highest form of American and Canadian youth soccer and consists of over 100 teams, many of which are operated by clubs from MLS. The Magic have been named Soccer America Magazine's #1 Boys Club in the nation for the past two years, and have had a pronounced effect on the professional game in the United States. Recent graduates from the Magic include Los Angeles Galaxy's Quavas Kirk, Houston's Ricardo Clark, and Chivas Goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Matkovich attended Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and later coached the men's soccer team. Matkovich was both a member of the US National coaching staff, and MLS's Chicago Fire Reserves coaching staff. He holds a National 'A' license from the USSF and has been a member of the NSCAA for the past 16 years.
Goalkeeper Coach Isacco, is a native of Toronto and is currently Head Coach of soccer program at the University of Toronto. Isacco is the former Head Coach and General Manager of the Hearts -Toronto C.S Azzurri Soccer Club, one of Ontario's most successful clubs having won over 10 provincial championships in the past 6 years. Many players from that team have gone on to play for both Ontario, and Canada - including Jamie Peters and Andrea Lombardo both on the U-20 squad.
Isacco attended the University of Maryland, where he was a freshman All-American, named to the All-ACC first team three times and was the team captain as a senior in 1992.
He spent time with the Canadian Olympic Team and competed at the 2003 World University Games before playing professionally for six years. The keeper was part of the Milwaukee Rampage's 1997 A-League championship season coached by Bob Gansler.
Bob Gansler - Teams Coached 1979-82: U.S U-19 National Team 1984-88: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1987-89: U.S U-20 National Team 1989-91: U.S National Team 1996-98: Milwaukee Rampage (USL 1st Division) 1999-2006: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) Mike Matkovich - Teams Coached 1985-86: Lewis University (Romeoville, IL) 1987-88: Bolingbrook High School (Bolingbrook, IL) 1989: Lewis University 1990-94: Chicago Power (NPSL) 1988-2006: Chicago Magic (Super Y League) Carmine Isacco - Teams Coached 2000: Toronto Lynx Player/Goalkeeper Coach (A-League) 2000-01: Buffalo Blizzard (NPSL) 2002: Toronto Supra (Head Coach) (CPSL) 2003-06: Vaughan Shooters (OSL Team & U-21) Hearts-Azzurri S.C 2005-06: University of Toronto
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