The MLS coaching carousel continues to spin.

Nine teams have changed coaches this season (10 if you include CF Montréal's preseason switch from Thierry Henry to Wilfried Nancy, which I do). Atlanta United, like Montréal, already named their full-time head coach prior to the season ending.

Now, Toronto FC (Bob Bradley) and Chicago Fire FC (Ezra Hendrickson) became the first two clubs to officially end their coaching search this offseason, meaning there are six jobs in MLS currently open.

Here's the latest on them all, sorted by the lasted news.

Vacancies filled

  • OPENING FILLED, Nov. 24: Ezra Hendrickson named Chicago Fire FC head coach
  • Vacancy opened: September 30

Nov. 24 – The first offseason vacancy to be reported, Chicago Fire FC have officially named Ezra Hendrickson head coach.

Hendrickson has been a longtime assistant in MLS, most recently with Columbus as well as the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders before that. He worked with highly-respected coaches like Sigi Schmid, Brian Schmezter and Caleb Porter along the way. Not a bad résumé.

The Fire have missed the playoffs in 10 of the last 12 years and face another rebuild this winter, but have some reasons for optimism in this new era.

Chicago are entering a pivotal offseason that could bring plenty of change. Already with one Designated Player spot open following Robert Beric's departure, they have to decide whether to pick up Gaston Gimenez's contract option while Ignacio Aliseda has been linked with a move to Europe. That could free up three DP spots, as well as plenty of roster/cap space already opened after Chicago announced the departure of several key players.

The Fire also boast a youthful core that includes U22 Initiative signing Jhon Jader Duran, defensive midfielder Federico Navarro and key homegrowns Gabriel Slonina, Brian Gutierrez and Mauricio Pineda.

Before Hendrickson, Chicago were led on an interim basis by Frank Klopas once the club parted ways with Raphael Wicky on Sept. 30.

  • OPENING FILLED, Nov. 24: Bob Bradley named Toronto FC sporting director and head coach
  • Vacancy opened: July 4

Nov. 24 – Long rumored in the shadows for months then publicly the last couple weeks, it's official: Bob Bradley is the new Toronto FC head coach (and sporting director).

Bradley left LAFC after four strong seasons with the club and arrives in Toronto where his son, club and USMNT legend Michael Bradley, is the captain.

Toronto are in the process of a nuclear winter. Head coach Chris Armas was let go in July, interim head coach Javier Perez is gone, as is general manager Ali Curtis. DP forward Jozy Altidore is likely gone, there are a lot of questions about the future of DP winger Yeferson Soteldo as well. There will be a lot of change in Toronto this winter as the Bradley era gets underway.

The 2020 MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo remains, as do Canadian internationals Jonathan Osorio and Richie Laryea, plus a bunch of high-talented rising talents like Ayo Akinola, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty and Ralph Priso. Watch this space.

Vacancies open

  • Open since: September 19
  • Interim: Marco Ferruzzi
  • Latest (Nov. 24): Sources: Dallas down to "final few" candidates; North Texas SC head coach Eric Quill among them

Nov. 24 – FC Dallas are down to the "final few" candidates, sources tell MLSsoccer.com. North Texas SC head coach Eric Quill is among those.

Oct. 26 – Since the club parted ways with Luchi Gonzalez, the front office has received a ton of candidates expressing interest, ranging from realistic to very hopeful, something that is typical when one of these jobs opens up.

They didn't specify too strictly what traits they're looking for from their next manager, though anyone in line for the job will know the developmental aspect of the club.

“We always need to look at what the DNA of this club is," technical director Andre Zanotta said. "We’re a club that is very proud at developing players. We have no fear to play young players. … We want to continue to do that. The coach that we will find has to adapt to what this club is. Regardless of age, he needs to believe in what our DNA is and our process of developing players. This is something the new coach will have to have.”

Dallas hoped a coaching change may keep their season alive, but a drastic jump in form didn't come. FCD finished 11th in the West, 15 points below the playoff line.

“We want the best possible candidate to lead us going forward, whether that’s someone with a lot of experience or someone who is a bright, rising star," club president Dan Hunt added. "Philosophically, we will always continue to develop young talent, specifically for the US national team and sometimes the Mexican national team. That is who we are. But we also want people who are winners, who will help us be successful. It’s a delicate balance. I think you’ll see us look for someone who proved they can win and help us win, to be successful in Major League Soccer.”

  • Open since: November 18
  • Interim: N/A
  • Latest (Nov. 18): Bob Bradley, LAFC mutually agree to part ways

Nov 18 — After much speculation he wouldn't be returning, it's now official: Bob Bradley is no longer the head coach of LAFC. Bradley was out of contract after this season.

Bradley was LAFC’s inaugural head coach and led the team to great success over four seasons. The club set a new single-season record for points in 2019 and won the Supporters’ Shield. They also set a league record for points in an expansion season in 2018 and made the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020. He presided over career years from the likes of Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Latif Blessing, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta, Jose Cifuentes and many more during his time with the Black & Gold.

For the first time since before their expansion season, LAFC are conducting a coaching search. Check back for more updates as they come.

  • Open since: August 27
  • Interim: Vanni Sartini
  • Latest (Nov. 18): Sartini, Vancouver to discuss future after the season

Nov. 18 – From little more than remote hope, the Whitecaps did it. They climbed up and over the playoff line despite all the hurdles that came with the 2021 season. Interim head coach Vanni Sartini has been a huge reason why.

MLSsoccer.com reported last month Sartini was a genuine candidate for the role and his résumé has only been strengthened since, navigating their schedule gauntlet to qualify for the playoffs. The front office and Sartini have not yet discussed his future, both parties agreed to leave that until after the season ends – whether that's next weekend, after MLS Cup or somewhere in-between.

Here's what Sartini had to say about his future when asked by MLSsoccer.com:

“I really want to be the coach here, yes. But we’ll talk about it at the end of the season. So, I hope I’m going to be the interim coach through December 11 (MLS Cup). That’s my aspiration. In the future, whatever the club decided, I’m very honored and proud that I helped the club in this moment. I’d like to have the job, but we’ll see.”

Oct. 26 – The Vancouver Whitecaps have been ascending since Vanni Sartini took over as interim head coach following the dismissal of Marc Dos Santos, as the 'Caps currently sit above the Western Conference playoff line with three games left in the regular season.

Sartini has positively impacted the team, with the playing style notably freer and front-footed. The uptick in form comes with Designated Player Ryan Gauld finding fitness and form at his new club, as well as goals from Brian White since he arrived via trade from the New York Red Bulls. Sartini is an infectious character, helping lift morale off the field as well.

Sartini, who joined the club as an assistant in 2019 and was named U-23 head coach after last season, is a candidate for the full-time role, sources told MLSsoccer.com. The club wanted to provide him support and opportunity, though they will conduct a patient search before deciding on their next manager.

“We never want to hire the first one, we want to hire the right one,” sporting director and CEO Axel Schuster said in August when addressing the media following the coaching change. “I think we said that as we were looking for a No. 10. I think Ryan Gauld also yesterday proved that we signed the right one, so it is the same as the coaching decision. You can way fast hire somebody, but it is hard to correct the mistake if you hire the wrong one. So it has to be the right one.

  • Open since: August 27
  • Interim: Pablo Mastroeni
  • Latest (Oct. 26): RSL "very deep" in process; Mastroeni, Pat Noonan, Jason Kreis among final candidates; Landon Donovan withdraws from consideration (ESPN's Jeff Carlisle)

Nov. 11 – The update is ... there is no update! I assumed this would have been sorted now just given how far along RSL were in the process, but they have not yet named a head coach. And thanks to a dramatic stoppage-time goal by Damir Kreilach on Decision Day, RSL qualified for the playoffs, so nothing will be announced until their playoff run ends.

Oct. 26 – After the surprising news that Freddy Juarez was leaving his gig as RSL head coach to become an assistant with the Seattle Sounders, the club named Pablo Mastroeni interim boss and got underway on their coaching search.

Mastroeni has done an admirable job, keeping RSL well within the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs race despite the changes (and continued uncertainty in ownership with the team up for sale). They sit at eighth place in the Western Conference standings, though have a game in hand on all teams ahead of them, with four left. They control their own destiny to make the playoffs, despite entering the season under uncertainty and low budgets. They have been a great story.

As such, Mastroeni is reportedly among the finalists. So too is Philadelphia Union head coach Pat Noonan and club legend Jason Kreis. Landon Donovan was among the candidates interviewed but withdrew from consideration, per ESPN's Jeff Carlisle.

It would appear that they are close to making an announcement.

"We’re very deep in the process and continue to work our way through it... we’re getting close to wrapping that up," RSL general manager Elliot Fall told ESPN 700, via RSL Soapbox. "It is about making a decision at that point, having some internal discussions — some more internal discussions — and dialogue about who that right person is. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that we get the right person and make the right decision and not rush to make that decision. We’re going to continue to do that."

  • Open since: November 4
  • Interim: N/A
  • Latest (Nov. 11): Search underway, first major decision for new GM Pat Onstad

Onstad's first move as GM was to make a coaching change. A day after their final game of the 2021 season, the club announced Tab Ramos would not be returning in 2022. He was out of contract and the Dynamo had finished bottom of the Western Conference during each of his two seasons in charge.

The Dynamo are now on a head coaching search of their own. It's early days. There'll be more to learn on this front.

  • Open since: September 27
  • Interim: Tyrone Marshall
  • Latest (Oct. 26): New GM Chris Albright in place, kicks off search

The Jaap Stam era is over in Cincy and they're searching for their fourth full-time head coach for the start of their fourth season in MLS. Their third chief soccer officer will be leading that charge, with Chris Albright appointed general manager earlier this month.

Albright was direct in his preference that a candidate has strong MLS experience.

"I was very clear that domestic MLS experience is a non-negotiable prerequisite," Albright told MLSsoccer.com several weeks ago. "Soon I’ll be able to land on the person who is the best fit here ... it’s certainly priority No. 1. There are a lot of good candidates out there.”

Pat Noonan – who Albright worked with in Philadelphia – has been a candidate mentioned across a number of vacancies in the league. Ditto for Crew assistant Ezra Hendrickson. Luchi Gonzalez, Dome Torrent and Chris Armas are available. No definitive reporting has come out yet around Cincy's search, though, so this is all speculation for now.