John Herdman resigns as coach of Canada

John Herdman resigned Monday as coach of the Canadian soccer team after agreeing to coach Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

The 48-year-old Briton took over coaching the men's national team in 2018, and reached the first team level after seven years of coaching the women's national team.

The Canadian national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Canada lost to Belgium, Croatia and Morocco in Qatar 2022.

Herdman then stated that he hoped to remain in office until the 2026 World Cup, which Canada will co-host. But he warned last June that the Canadian Federation should invest more in the national team.

“It is the perfect time to take on a new challenge in my career, and the structure of club football was something I aspired to be a part of,” Herdman said in a statement carried by Toronto.

Mauro Bello, assistant coach since 2018, will assume the duties of interim coach. Canada will visit Japan in a friendly match on October 13 before facing the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinals in November.

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Herdman coached the New Zealand women's national team from 2006 to 2011. She led Canada to bronze medals in women's soccer at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Toronto fired Bob Bradley on June 26 and named Terry Denfeld interim. The club, where Italian stars Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi play, has 19 points, the lowest in the league of 29 teams.

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