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Former Arizona Youth Player Greg Vanney Named 2017 MLS Coach of the Year

 
 

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Played for Tempe Soccer Club and graduated from Marcos de Niza High School

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -- Arizona's Greg Vanney has been named 2017 MLS Coach of the Year after Toronto FC broke the MLS record for points during the regular season.

A draw in the final regular season match against Atlanta United propelled Toronto FC to 69 points, just one above the previous mark of 68 points that was held by the 1998 LA Galaxy team. 
 
Vanney played locally for Tempe Soccer Club and led Marcos de Niza High School to three consecutive state titles in 1990, 1991, and 1992. In June of this year, Toronto FC won the Canadian Championship which guarantees Toronto FC a place in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League. 
 
Vanney arrived in midway through Toronto FC's 2014 season and in his first full season in 2015 he guided Toronto FC to their first ever playoff appearance. Last year, Toronto FC suffered a loss in the MLS Cup after the Seattle Sounders defeated them in penalties 5-4. 
 
Prior to his current role, Vanney played professionally from 1996-2008 for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, and D.C. United. From 2002-2005, Vanney played in Ligue 1 for French side SC Bastia. Vanney was capped 37 times by the U.S. Men's National Team and scored one goal. 
 
Following his retirement, Vanney was appointed as the Academy Director for Real Salt Lake and helped open their residential academy at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande. 
 

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