Toronto FC has a Jamaican-born retired soccer player on its coaching staff.
Robin Fraser, a former head coach with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer (MLS), was hired last week after spending the last two seasons as an assistant with the New York Red Bulls.
He said he’s thrilled to be joining the Toronto FC staff.
“Toronto has tremendous resources and a lot of infrastructure is in place for us to be very good,” he said.
Fraser and Toronto FC’s head coach Greg Vanney have had a close relationship for nearly two decades. They played with L.A. Galaxy in the late 1990s and worked together at Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA, where Vanney served as Fraser’s assistant.
“Robin will be a great asset both on and off the field for our club,” said Vanney, who became the club’s ninth coach in nine seasons last August after Ryan Nelsen was axed. “He’s well respected around the league. It’s great to add his knowledge as well as his experience to the staff.”
Fraser, who played 27 times for the United States men’s team from 1988 to 2001, and the rest of the Toronto FC coaching staff are in Philadelphia for today’s SuperDraft.
In other soccer news, a former Toronto FC player has been elevated to the MLS coaching ranks.
Defender Tyrone Marshall, who made 40 appearances for Toronto in 2007 and 2008, has been appointed an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake. He will work primarily with the defenders.
Head coach Jeff Cassar welcomed Marshall with open arms.
“We are really fortunate to add somebody like Tyrone to our staff,” said Cassar. “His character is going to be excellent for our team and especially our defenders. He had a very, very good career in MLS and he’s a young and hungry coach who wants to prove himself. That’s the kind of staff I want to have.”
Marshall, who played 15 seasons in MLS, replaces Craig Waibel, who has joined Seattle Sounders as the club’s director.
“It was important that I brought somebody in that held the same standards that Craig did,” said Cassar. “Tyrone fits that bill completely.”
The head coach of the Derby City Rovers of Premier Development League last season, Marshall is excited about the opportunity of joining Real Salt Lake.
“The direction and vision that Jeff Cassar has created within the team is something I aspired to be associated with once given the opportunity to return to MLS,” the 40-year-old said.
Marshall joins a coaching staff that includes ex-Jamaican teammate, Andy Williams, who was born in Toronto. Williams, who played 14 MLS seasons, the last seven in Salt Lake City, was named an assistant coach in January 2014. The 37-year-old midfielder scored 13 goals for Jamaica in 97 appearances from 1997 to 2009.
Born in Kingston, Marshall migrated to Fort Lauderdale with his family at age 14 and split four years at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, where he led the team to its first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) title in 1995 while scoring 47 goals and Florida International University.
Inducted into the Lindsey Wilson College Hall of Fame in 2004, the married father of five children returned to the campus in 2013 to complete his first degree.
The scorer of 20 goals in 349 MLS appearances with six teams, Marshall also turned out for the Jamaican national team 83 times from 2000 to 2010.