Top 10 coaches of MLS 2022

Wed 06 April 2022 | 4:30

If a mouse leads a team of lions the whole team would run like cowards, but if a lion leads a group of mice, they will fight like lions, and this saying emphasizes the true importance of the managerial role is a team; welcome to top 10 coaches of MLS 2022.

Head coaches are important in many sports, but they are more important in soccer because they are involved in both training and games. In Major League Soccer, a team that does not have a manager that is familiar with the league's ins and outs will not go very far.

This list will include a summary of the best current MLS coaches, as well as their rankings. Experience, victories, a quick career summary, management, and awards will all be discussed.

The best coaches have all of these qualities, whereas those that are ranked lower either lack experience or have not had much success in Major League Soccer.

An organized ranking of top 10 coaches of MLS 2022

We don’t intend to keep you waiting thus let us move into the list and meet the

current MLS coaches

with the best ratings.

Steve Cherundolo

Los Angeles FC assigned Steve Cherundolo after his not-so-successful managerial career with Las Vegas Lights but we do believe that this manager has the potential to be one of the best MLS coaches 2022.

He spent his whole club career with

Hannover 96

in the German Bundesliga, where he was captain.

He competed for the United States in the FIFA World Cups of 2006, 2010, and 2014. Cherundolo continued with Hannover 96 as an assistant coach for Hannover's amateur squad after announcing his retirement. He was promoted to assistant coach of Hannover 96's first team soon after.

Cherundolo was named head coach of the USL Championship side

Las Vegas Lights FC

on March 12, 2021. However, as previously stated, he quit the club due to poor results.

On January 3, 2022, Cherundolo was named head coach of Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer.

For his managerial club, he has not won any major title because he has been assigned as the head coach of LAFC but he has the experience to assist the team to new heights.

Josh Wolff

Wolf started his managerial career on July 23, 2019. Wolff has been named the inaugural head coach of MLS expansion team Austin FC, which began playing in the 2021 season.

Under Wolff,

Austin FC

recorded 9 wins, 21 losses, and 4 ties in their inaugural season, placing 12th in the Western Conference, one point above Houston in last place. This was a great outcome for his first run, and it truly demonstrated his incredible potential.

After a home loss to Minnesota on October 16, Austin was eliminated from playoff contention with five games remaining. In his debut season, Wolff used a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, and his squad was known for having strong possession numbers and building up from the back.

Austin scored the fewest goals in the league, with 35, despite having the fourth-highest average percent possession per game (53.9%).

The squad headed into their match against Dallas on October 30 with a chance to win the first MLS Copa Tejas, but a 2–1 loss put them in third place. He almost won his first managerial achievement with Austin in his first season, now just imagine what he can do in the new season if given the chance.

Greg Vanney

Greg Vanney needs no introduction as many are familiar with his amazing run with Toronto FC and is one of the best current MLS coaches of this season.

Greg Vanney was just named head coach of the LA Galaxy. After Ryan Nelsen was fired on August 31, 2014, with 10 games remaining in the 2014 regular season, Vanney became the ninth head coach in Major League Soccer. He came into the game with a 9–9–6 record.


was defeated 1–0 by the Philadelphia Union in his debut match. His first victory came against Chivas USA in a 3–0 victory.

With two victories, six losses, and two ties, he finished the 2014 season in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference. Following a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference, Toronto won the Canadian Championship and qualified for the playoffs in 2016. They advanced to the MLS Cup final, where they were defeated by the

Seattle Sounders

in a 5–4 shootout after a goalless tie-in extra time.

Vanney accomplished the domestic treble with Toronto FC in 2017, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield, and Canadian Championship. Vanney resigned as coach of Toronto FC on December 1, 2020, after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

His successful run with Toronto was what attracted LA Galaxy into signing him as their head coach.

Frank Klopas

Frank might be an exception to this list because he is not a head coach but the assistant manager of

Chicago Fire

but what he did with Montreal was so great that he deserves to be called one of the best MLS coaches 2022.

Fotios "Frank" Klopas is an ex-soccer player from the United States. He worked as a color commentator for the Chicago Fire after retiring, then as a front office executive and head coach for both the Fire and the Montreal Impact. Currently, he works as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire.

Why is he on the list of best

MLS coaches 2022


because he managed to lead a team that was then considered the worst team in the league to winning the Canadian cup which is a big achievement for Frank. Keep in mind that many world-class managers go trophyless with teams that have more than one top-notch player.

Pablo Mastroeni

After Oscar Pareja left for FC Dallas in January 2014, Mastroeni was named interim head coach of the

Colorado Rapids

. On March 8, 2014, one week before the start of the 2014 season, he was named head coach of the Rapids.

Mastroeni and the Rapids had their worst season in the 34-game Major League Soccer era in 2014. The Rapids finished second to last in the Western Conference with 32 points after allowing the most goals in the league (62). Then why is he among the best MLS coaches 2022?

This manager spent several days in London during the offseason before the 2016 season, observing Arsenal and Tottenham train. Before traveling to Orlando for a supplementary coaching school, he studied the teaching techniques of Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal's

Arsène Wenger


In 2016, Mastroeni assisted Rapids in establishing a team identity as a defensive-minded team that played in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

With a club low of 6 losses and a franchise-high of 58 points, the Rapids had their greatest regular-season record of all time. In 2016, the squad allowed a league-low 32 goals. Mastroeni came in second place in the annual MLS Coach of the Year voting.

He was named the club's permanent head coach for the 2022 season on December 13, 2021. Despite having a lot to learn and a lack of experience in comparison to other MLS coaches, he has shown that he can adapt and is prepared to invest in himself in order to help his club succeed.

Jim Curtin

Curtin joined John Hackworth's Philadelphia Union as an assistant coach in November 2012, with Brendan Burke and Rob Vartughian. After a string of bad results, Hackworth was fired during the 2014 season, and Curtin was named interim coach while the organization looked for a permanent replacement.

Under Curtin, the Union improved their record, losing only 5 of their remaining 16 games and advancing to the US Open Cup final, where they were beaten in extra time by Seattle Sounders.

Curtin's success was rewarded when the Philadelphia Union announced on November 7, 2014, that he will take over as head coach, abolishing the "interim" status he had previously held.

Curtin set a record for the most straight home wins in Union history with a win over rivals New York City FC on April 23, 2016, and also became the most wins coach in Union history.

The Union were unable to build on their 2016 success, finishing the season with the same record but failing to make the playoffs. Curtin has been re-appointed as the team's head coach for the 2018 season.

The Union's and Curtin's coaching careers both had their best seasons in 2020. The Union advanced to the MLS is Back Tournament semi-finals and went on to win their first trophy, the 2020 Supporters' Shield, by finishing first in the league standings.

Curtin received his first Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year Award for his team's performance throughout the season.

The Union's triumph in the Supporter's Shield earned them a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, where they won their first international match against Deportivo Saprissa, marking Curtin's 100th win as the club's head coach.

All of these are reasons for us to put him among the best

MLS coaches 2022


Caleb Porter

One man left before we reach the top 3 of the list and as a bonus, we will also discuss these 3 MLS coaches salaries 2022. Now back to Caleb Porter.

Porter was named the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year after leading Portland to a 14—5–15 (57 point) regular-season record, finishing first in the Western Conference and third in the league – two points behind the MLS Supporters' Shield-winning New York Red Bulls.

In 2013, the Timbers achieved new club records for points, wins, goals (54), goal differential (+21), shutouts (15), and fewest goals allowed in a single season (33). The Oregon Sports Awards presented Porter with the 2013 Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award. Porter led the MLS All-Star team to a 2–1 victory over Bayern Munich in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

Porter has one of the best winning percentages among active MLS head managers, having led the Timbers to the MLS Western Conference Championship twice in three seasons (2013-2015). The Timbers returned to the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2015, setting a new single-season club record with 15 victories and leading the league with 13 shutouts.

Porter captained the Timbers to their first MLS Cup final when they defeated Columbus Crew SC 2–1. Porter lead the Timbers to the fourth-most points (159) in MLS from 2013 to 2015, trailing only the New York Red Bulls (169), Seattle Sounders FC (167), and LA Galaxy (165).

Porter and the Timbers mutually agreed to part ways on November 16, 2017.

Porter was named the new head coach of the Columbus Crew on January 4, 2019, replacing Gregg Berhalter, who left to become the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team. Porter's appointment came on the heels of Tim Bezbatchenko's appointment as Crew SC's new president.

Óscar Pareja

Getting into the top 3 of the best MLS coaches 2022 list with Oscar Pareja.

On January 5, 2012, the Colorado Rapids hired Pareja as their first head coach. Pareja led the Rapids to the playoffs in 2013 after finishing 7th in his rookie season.

After trading a first-round 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money to Colorado, Pareja was named head coach of his former team, FC Dallas, on January 10, 2014. Dallas won the Western Conference regular-season title in 2015 but finished second in the Supporters' Shield to the

New York Red Bulls


The team won both the Supporters Shield and the U.S. Open Cup the next year, defeating the New England Revolution 4–2 in the final.

It was the club's first Supporters' Shield victory and second U.S. Open Cup victory, with the first coming in 1997.

Pareja was named Orlando City's fourth permanent head coach on December 4th, 2019. With the season cut short two rounds into the season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pareja led Orlando to the MLS is Back Tournament final on the resumption of play, the team's first final in the MLS era.

Orlando won Group A with 7 points from three games, and in the quarter-finals, they knocked out reigning Supporters' Shield champions

Los Angeles FC

, before falling 2–1 in the final against Portland Timbers.

Even though we do not have accurate information on how much he is getting paid, it seems that this particular coach is not the avaricious type and we should not expect him to get paid more than the regular MLS coaches salaries 2022.

Peter Vermes

Get ready for a long list of achievements because this coach has achieved a lot and by a lot we mean almost all of the trophies that an MLS coach can achieve.

Vermes is the longest-serving head coach in Major League Soccer, having won four major championships as a manager, second-most among all active managers in the league as of 2020.

Vermes' first trophy as a head coach came in 2012, when he led the renamed Sporting Kansas City (renamed from the Kansas City Wizards in 2010) to a penalty shootout victory over three-time defending champions Seattle Sounders FC to win the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Vermes guided the club to the MLS Cup the following year, where they defeated Real Salt Lake in a penalty shootout. As a result, he is the only individual to ever win the MLS Cup with the same team as both a player and a coach.

Vermes won his third championship as a Sporting KC coach when his team defeated the Philadelphia Union on penalties in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final at Talen Energy Stadium. When Sporting KC defeated the New York Red Bulls 2–1 at Children's Mercy Park two years later, Vermes added the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to his trophy cabinet.

Vermes became the all-time leader in games coached with one club in MLS history on August 4, 2018, as he coached his 302nd regular-season match, a 1–0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Vermes became only the 5th coach in MLS history to win his 150th regular-season match on October 3, 2020, with a 2–1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

Now it is obvious why this man is rated second among best

MLS coaches 2022


Bruce Arena

If we wanted to include all of Bruce Arena’s trophies in this article you would have been in for a long ride, because Bruce has been one of the most successful coaches ever exciting in this league and is the best among MLS coaches 2022.

Bruce Arena is without a doubt the best coach in Major League Soccer. Arena, who signed a multi-year contract extension before the 2014 season, has won four MLS Cups, second only to Sigi Schmid. Arena has been credited with turning the L.A. Galaxy into a viable competitor again, despite criticism while managing the US men's national team.

Arena was mentioned as a possible contender for many coaching and managerial posts after resigning from the national team, including the Columbus Crew and the Scotland national team.

On May 14, 2019, he was named head coach and sporting director of the New England Revolution, succeeding Brad Friedel. His debut game in charge was a 2–1 victory over his previous team, the LA Galaxy, on June 2. New England went on an 11-game winning streak, propelling them to their first MLS Cup Playoff berth since 2014.

This coach has certainly distinguished himself from his fellow MLS coaches 2022 with the amazing performance this his team has been able to put out and the achievements that he has gained throughout these years.

It is estimated that he receives a salary of 2 million dollars per year which is a substantial amount compared to other

MLS coaches salaries 2022


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