1. Mike Munoz,
Toronto FC did not need a roadie to switch these Mikes.
Mike Munoz, who has spent the last six years with the L.A. Galaxy, has been named head coach of TFC II, replacing Michael Rabasca, who spent two seasons as a head coach of the Young Reds.
Assistant coach Chris Pozniak and goalkeeper coach Phil Boerger will remain with the TFC II coaching staff.
Rabasca will return to his previous role as the director of high performance for Toronto FC.
“I know Mike from his time with Real Salt Lake where he worked closely with (TFC head coach) Greg Vanney and Mike Rabasca at our Academy in Arizona,” TFC president Bill Manning said. “Mike has a proven track record coaching young talent and with his established relationships with our staff we thought he’d be an excellent coach for the Young Reds.”
In his six years with the Galaxy, Munoz coached the Galaxy U-14s, U-16s, U-18s, Galaxy II (Los Dos) and served as the Galaxy Academy Director (2017-2019). With the U-16 team, Munoz defeated Real Salt Lake-Arizona, the defending champions, to earn the 2013-2014 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) national title.
“We’re excited to add Mike to the organization. Our USL team is a vital part of our club that allows us to bridge the gap between our academy and first team and prepare many of our young players for the intensity of first team soccer,” said TFC GM Ali Curtis. “Mike has great experience, is highly motivated, and pays attention to all the details both on and off the field.”
Munoz worked with Vanney in the creation of the Real Salt Lake Arizona Academy in 2010. It was there that the former midfielder began his coaching career when he was named head coach of the U-16 Real Salt Lake-AZ.
Prior to coaching, Munoz played professionally with Chivas USA and LA Galaxy. He was selected by Chivas in the third round of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft and played two seasons for Chivas USA. He joined the Galaxy after spending the 2007 season with USL-1 team California Victory.