Jan 2021

Former Long Island Rough Riders midfielder Chris Armas is heading north after being tabbed the next head coach of Toronto FC.

Armas played for the Rough Riders for two seasons and played a huge role in the Rough Riders 1995 USISL’s Pro League Championship. Armas was named a USISL All-Star during that campaign and was then selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the inaugural MLS Draft in 1996. Armas played a total of 12 seasons in the MLS, being named a league all-star on six occasions.

Armas, the 10th coach in Toronto club history, comes to the Six by way of the New York Redbulls. Serving as an assistant coach in 2015, Armas was eventually named head coach of the Redbulls in 2018.

“I could not be more excited to join a club with Toronto FC’s level of excellence and winning tradition and I will work tirelessly to uphold those standards,” Armas said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Mr. Tanenbaum and to Bill Manning and Ali Curtis for their belief in me and for giving me this opportunity. As an opposing coach, I felt the passion the fans and supporters bring to BMO Field. It is next level. I can’t wait to put a team on the field that will not only make them proud with the way we play, but also with the way we run, battle, and compete for every minute of every game.”