A day after U.S. Soccer confirmed Bob Bradley
as men's national team coach, Canada Soccer Association followed its lead and has called a press conference for
Thursday in Toronto to announce the appointment of under-20 national team coach Dale Mitchell
as men's national team coach.
Under-17 coach Stephen Hart
will guide the Canadian men at the Gold Cup, while Mitchell will coach host Canada at the Under-20 World Cup.
Mitchell, a former star in the
NASL, was one of four final candidates, along with Brazilian Rene Simoes
, Argentine Ossie Ardiles
and Hart. The CSA
board reportedly rejected a deal made with Simoes, who led Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup finals, for the job.
It took almost a year to fill the vacancy created when Frank Yallop
left to coach MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy.
Mitchell will be Canada's 10th coach since it qualified for the 1986 World Cup. CANADA COACHES (1986-2007): Bob Bearpark
1986-1987 Tony Taylor
1989-1990 Tony Waiters
1990-1991 Bob Lenarduzzi
1992-1997 Bruce Twamley
(interim) 1998 Holger Osieck
1999-2003 Colin Miller
(interim) Frank Yallop
2004-June 2006 Stephen Hart