Remi Garde - Joey Saputo - Montreal Impact - speaking at introductory press conference

After years of being dogged by questions of whether they could succeed in North America, foreign managers are suddenly very much in vogue in MLS.


Foreign coaches without prior experience in MLS didn’t fare all that well in the league’s early years, struggling to adapt to its unique intricacies and often flaming out within a couple of years. That trend has reversed in recent seasons as MLS clubs have built out their front offices, allowing executives to handle the more confounding league rules and letting managers worry less about the salary cap and more about their tactics and their teams.


Several international coaches without previous MLS experience had solid 2017 seasons, with Argentine Tata Martino leading Atlanta to an excellent expansion campaign, and Frenchman Patrick Vieira taking NYCFC to the playoffs for a second straight year. While they’ve been solid, to date, only two coaches without American or Canadian citizenship have ever won MLS Cup: Peter Nowak with D.C. in 2004 and Gary Smith with Colorado in 2010.


On Thursday, the Montreal Impact added to the ranks of international head coaches who hadn’t before worked in MLS when they named ex-French national teamer and former Aston Villa and Lyon manager Remi Garde as their new head man. He’ll hope to continue the recent trend of foreign managers succeeding in the league in 2018.


Current list of international coaches in MLS

Coach
Club
Tenure
Remi Garde
Montreal
2018 - present
Tata Martino
Atlanta
2017 - present
Wilmer Cabrera
Houston
2017 - present
Adrian Heath
Minnesota
2017 - present
Veljko Paunovic
Chicago
2016 - present
Patrick Vieira
NYCFC
2016 - present
Oscar Pareja
Dallas
2014 - present
Carl Robinson
Vancouver
2014 - present

All-time list of international coaches in MLS history


Does not include interim head coaches

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Coach
Club
Tenure
Juan Carlos Osorio
Chicago
2007
Carlos de los Cobos
Chicago
2010-2011
Hans Westerhof
Chivas USA
2005
Jose Luis Sanchez Sola
Chivas USA
2013
Jose Luis Real
Chivas USA
2013
Bobby Houghton
Colorado
1996
Gary Smith
Colorado
2008-2011
Timo Leikoski
Columbus
1996
Robert Warzycha
Columbus
2009-2013
Ray Hudson
D.C. United
2001-2003
Piotr Nowak
D.C. United
2004-2006
Collin Clarke
Dallas
2003-2006
Steve Morrow
Dallas
2007-2008
Owen Coyle
Houston
2015-2016
Ron Newman
Kansas City
1996-1999
Lothar Osiander
LA Galaxy
1996-1997
Octavio Zambrano
LA Galaxy
1997-1999
Ruud Gullit
LA Galaxy
2008
Carlos Cordoba
Miami
1998
Ivo Wortmann
Miami
1998-2000
Ray Hudson
Miami
2000-2001
Marco Schallibaum
Montreal
2013
Frank Stapleton
New England
1996
Walter Zenga
New England
1999
Steve Nicol
New England
2002-2011
Eddie Firmani
NY/NJ MetroStars
1996
Carlos Queiroz
NY/NJ MetroStars
1996
Carlos Alberto Parreira
NY/NJ MetroStars
1997
Alfonso Mondelo
NY/NJ MetroStars
1998
Bora Milutinovic
NY/NJ MetroStars
1998-1999
Octavio Zambrano
NY/NJ MetroStars
2000-2002
Mo Johnston
NY Red Bulls
2005-2006
Juan Carlos Osorio
NY Red Bulls
2008-2009
Hans Backe
NY Red Bulls
2010-2012
Adrian Heath
Orlando
2015-2016
Piotr Nowak
Philadelphia
2010-2012
John Spencer
Portland
2011-2012
Laurie Calloway
San Jose
1996-1997
Brian Quinn
San Jose
1997-1999
Lothar Osiander
San Jose
1999-2000
Alfonso Mondelo
Tampa Bay
2001
Mo Johnston
Toronto FC
2007
John Carver
Toronto FC
2008-2009
Aron Winter
Toronto FC
2011-2012
Paul Mariner
Toronto FC
2012
Ryan Nelsen
Toronto FC
2013-2014
Teitur Thordarson
Vancouver
2011
Martin Rennie
Vancouver
2011-2013

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