Jason Bent

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Jason Bent
Personal information
Full name Jason Andrew Bent[1]
Date of birth (1977-03-08) March 8, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 FSV Zwickau 13 (0)
1998–2000 Colorado Rapids 51 (2)
2001–2004 Plymouth Argyle 64 (5)
National team
1992–1993 Canada U-17 9 (0)
1996–1997 Canada U-20 9 (0)
2000 Canada U-23 5 (0)
1997–2003 Canada 32 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Toronto FC Academy
2011– Toronto FC (assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Not to be confused with a fictional football player of the same name portrayed by comedian Simon Brodkin.

Jason Andrew Bent (born March 8, 1977) is a Canadian former football player who now works as an head coach at Toronto FC USL Pro team. A midfielder, he played in Major League Soccer for the Colorado Rapids, 2. Bundesliga for FSV Zwickau and the Football League for Plymouth Argyle. Bent won 32 caps for Canada at full international level.

Club career[edit]

After playing college soccer for the University of Maryland, Bent started his pro career with the Colorado Rapids in the MLS. During his time with the Rapids he helped the team reach the finals for the first time, and in 1999 he again helped the Rapids reach the finals in the US Open Cup.

Bent was really close to signing a long term contract with FC Copenhagen in 2001. But later in the year Bent signed with Plymouth Argyle helping the team win the English Third Division Championship in 2002, and the English Second Division Championship in 2004.

International career[edit]

Bent played at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan, in a team alongside Paul Stalteri and Jeff Clarke.[1] He then also played at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, again with Stalteri and Clarke.[1][3]

He made his senior his debut for Canada in an October 1997 World Cup qualification match against Mexico.[1] He earned a total of 32 caps, scoring no goals. He represented Canada in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2001 Confederations Cup.[1]

He was a member of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squad,[4] but did not play because of injury. In 2002, Bent also scored a decisive penalty kick against Martinique in the 2002 Gold Cup quarter-finals where Canada finished in third place.

His final international was a November 2003 friendly match against Republic of Ireland,[1] in which Bent suffered a serious knee injury. For two full years he spent every day in physiotherapy, but nothing could be done to save his career. Bent announced his official retirement on March 23, 2006 after failing to recover from knee injuries.[1][5]

Coaching career[edit]

Jason started his managerial career in 2008 as assistant coach of TFC Academy, after the academies inaugural season Bent took over the as head coach of the U-18 program. He served as the academies U-18 manager until 2011 with two players, Doneil Henry and Nicholas Lindsay graduating into Toronto FC first team. On February 22, 2011 it was announced that Bent would become assistant coach to the Toronto FC first team joining newly appointed manager Aron Winter and first assistant Bob de Klerk.[6] Jason was named the new head coach of Toronto FC's new USL Pro team on November 20, 2014.[7]

Coaching record[edit]

As of November 21, 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Toronto FC USL Pro November 20, 2014[7] Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !

Honours[edit]

Plymouth Argyle

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Jason Bent". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jason Bent". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jason BentFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (November 19, 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 – Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Plymouth midfielder Bent quits". BBC Sport. BBC. April 5, 2006. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bent Named Assistant Coach". TorontoFC.ca. February 22, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Larson, Kurtis (November 20, 2014). "Toronto FC establishes USL PRO affiliate". Toronto Sun. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 

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