List of MLS Cup winning head coaches

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The list of MLS Cup winning head coaches includes four head coaches who have won multiple times — Bruce Arena, who has won five times; and Sigi Schmid, Frank Yallop, and Dominic Kinnear, who have each won twice. To date, two head coaches have led two different clubs to win the MLS Cup: Sigi Schmid with Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and Columbus Crew in 2008, and Bruce Arena with D.C. United in 1996 & 1997, and Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011, 2012 & 2014.

Only one head coach has won the playoffs as both a player and head coach. Piotr Nowak, played for Chicago Fire during their 1998 MLS Cup title, in which he was named the Man of the Match. Nowak subsequently led D.C. United as a coach to their fourth MLS Cup title in 2004. The next closest head coach to such an achievement is Dominic Kinnear. Kinnear was on the Colorado Rapids squad that lost the 1997 MLS Cup final; however, he led Houston Dynamo to two straight MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. He is still the present manager of the club.

Winning head coaches[edit]

Bruce Arena, winning head coach in 1996, 1997, 2011, 2012 and 2014
Sigi Schmid, winning head coach in 2002 and 2008
Final Winning head coach Nationality Club
1996 Arena, BruceBruce Arena  United States D.C. United
1997 Arena, BruceBruce Arena  United States D.C. United
1998 Bradley, BobBob Bradley  United States Chicago Fire
1999 Rongen, ThomasThomas Rongen  Netherlands D.C. United
2000 Gansler, BobBob Gansler  United States Kansas City Wizards
2001 Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop  Canada San Jose Earthquakes
2002 Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid  Germany Los Angeles Galaxy
2003 Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop  Canada San Jose Earthquakes
2004 Nowak, PiotrPiotr Nowak  Poland D.C. United
2005 Sampson, SteveSteve Sampson  United States Los Angeles Galaxy
2006 Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear  United States Houston Dynamo
2007 Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear  United States Houston Dynamo
2008 Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid  Germany Columbus Crew
2009 Kreis, JasonJason Kreis  United States Real Salt Lake
2010 Smith, GaryGary Smith  England Colorado Rapids
2011 Arena, BruceBruce Arena  United States L.A. Galaxy
2012 Arena, BruceBruce Arena  United States L.A. Galaxy
2013 Vermes, PeterPeter Vermes  United States Sporting Kansas City
2014 Arena, BruceBruce Arena  United States L.A. Galaxy
2015 Porter, CalebCaleb Porter  United States Portland Timbers

Coaches with multiple MLS Cup victories[edit]

Wins Head coach Team(s) won with (years) Coaching career
5 Bruce Arena D.C. United (1996, 1997)
Los Angeles Galaxy (2011, 2012, 2014)
19961999, 2006–Present
2 Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy (2002)

Columbus Crew (2008)

19992005, 2006–Present
2 Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes (2001, 2003) 20012004, 2006–Present
2 Dominic Kinnear Houston Dynamo (2006, 2007) 2004–Present

By nationality[edit]

Nation Head Coaches Total
 United States 8 13
 Canada 1 2
 Germany 1 2
 England 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1
 Poland 1 1

See also[edit]