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Longevity and head coaches don’t always go together, a fact that came into view last week when D.C. United announced the departure of Ben Olsen after a decade at the helm.


He was previously one of the longest-tenured head coaches in MLS, narrowly trailing Sporting Kansas City’s Peter Vermes. With the comings and goings, it makes Vermes’ run (since 2009) even more remarkable.


So, we’ve compiled where the list stands as the 2020 regular season winds down. Turnover is far more common than durability, which helps set those like Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin (since 2014) and Toronto FC’s Greg Vanney (since 2014) apart.


He’s the full rundown as ranked from longest-tenured to newest (year listed indicates a coach’s first season with their club):


MLS head coaches, ranked by tenure: 

Coach
Team
Season started
Peter Vermes
SKC
2009
Jim Curtin
PHI
2014
Greg Vanney
TOR
2014
Brian Schmetzer
SEA
2016
Adrian Heath
MIN
2017
Bob Bradley
LAFC
2018
Giovanni Savarese
POR
2018
Matias Almeyda
SJ
2019
Marc Dos Santos
VAN
2019
Luchi Gonzalez
DAL
2019
Caleb Porter
CLB
2019
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
LA
2019
Bruce Arena
NE
2019
Freddy Juarez
RSL
2019
Robin Fraser
COL
2019
Tab Ramos
HOU
2020
Gary Smith
NSH
2020
Thierry Henry
MTL
2020
Oscar Pareja
ORL
2020
Raphael Wicky
CHI
2020
Diego Alonso
MIA
2020
Ronny Deila
NYC
2020
Jaap Stam
CIN
2020
Stephen Glass*
ATL
2020
Gerhard Struber
RBNY
2020
Chad Ashton*
DC
2020

* = interim

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