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Caps to announce Thordarson as MLS head coach


The Vancouver Whitecaps will announce Thursday that current head coach Teitur Thordarson will be their man for Major League Soccer.

The club has called a press conference for 10 a.m. when it will reveal the franchise's first MLS coach. Vancouver jumps from the second division USSF D-2 Pro League to North America's top-tier MLS in March, 2011. The Whitecaps have been negotiating with Thordarson for several weeks, sources confirmed.

The 58-year-old Icelandic coach took over from Bob Lilley in December, 2007. He coached the Whitecaps to a USL-1 championship in 2008, a USL-1 final in 2009, and has the squad sitting first in the NASL Conference of USSF D-2 this season.

The lone blemish is that the Whitecaps have yet to win the Nutrilite Canadian Championship and earn Canada's berth into the CONCACAF Champions League under Thordarson.

His league record is 35-20-30. At Swangard Stadium, his teams are 22-6-14. Vancouver's league goals-for, goals-against mark under Thordarson is 103-82.

Prior to joining Vancouver, Thordarson coached primarily in the Norwegian Premier League and Estonian Premier League. He also coached the Estonian national team from 145th in the FIFA rankings in Jan., 1996, to 68th by Nov., 1999.

As a player, the forward captained Iceland and in 1981-82 scored 19 goals for Racing Club de Lens in France's Ligue 1. Thordarson played for former France head coach Gerard Houllier at Lens and current Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at AS Cannes.

Thordarson is the 13th head coach in Whitecaps history.

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It's now official:

The Vancouver Whitecaps have made it official – Teitur Thordarson will stay on to be their Major League Soccer head coach next season.

The 58-year-old former Icelandic international striker guided the Caps to a USL-1 league championship and a league final appearance in his first two seasons with the club and has the team in first place this season in the USSF D-2 NASL Conference.

The Whitecaps confirmed the appointment today at a news conference near BC Place stadium, which will be their MLS home after $563 million in renovations are completed sometime next year.


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