FC Cincinnati announces departure of head coach Jaap Stam

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FC Cincinnati has relieved head coach Jaap Stam of his duties with immediate effect, the club announced today. Tyrone Marshall, currently head coach of FC Cincinnati’s U-19 team and future U-23 team, will assume the interim head coach duties, and the search for a new head coach is already underway.

“During our nearly two-month process to identify FC Cincinnati’s next GM, it was clear that a change of head coach was needed. Therefore, after much deliberation, the club made the decision to look to the future with Jaap no longer the head coach. FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said. “We believe a change in leadership is in the best interest of the club at this time, and a new GM will lead the search for a new head coach. We are an ambitious club and we remain focused on achieving our goals, the first of which is to make Cincinnati a championship city. We thank Jaap for all he did for FC Cincinnati during his time here, and we wish him the best as he can now return home to be with his family.

In addition, the club has decided to part ways with assistant coaches Said Bakkati who came with Jaap Stam in 2020, as well as Yoann Damet. Damet started his tenure with FC Cincinnati in 2017 and was part of the brilliant Open Cup run to the semi-finals that year, and also competed in our USL Supporters Shield in 2018. Twice , Yoann was interim head coach. Berding added: “FC Cincinnati thank both Said and Yoann for their hard work and commitment to the club, Yoann having been one of the club’s best moments. We know both have a long coaching career ahead of them and we hope they find success. “

Marshall joined the FC Cincinnati Academy coaching staff in February 2021 from Real Salt Lake, where he had been an assistant coach with the Utah MLS club since 2015. During his playing career, Marshall has made over 300 MLS appearances with five different clubs between 1998 and 2012. He is twice winner of the MLS Cup (2002 and 2005 – LA Galaxy) and three time winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (2005 – LA Galaxy , 2009 and 2010 – Seattle Sounders FC). The Jamaican international has appeared more than 85 times in his career with the national team, scoring five goals.

“Tyrone has been a valuable addition to our coaching staff since arriving earlier this year with plans to be the future coach of our MLS2 team,” said Berding. “He has shown his coaching skills and leadership qualities, and he’s the right person to inject new energy into the locker room and help our team end 2021 strong with an eye on the future.”

FC Cincinnati continue their two-game road trip on Wednesday at Toronto FC. BMO Field kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, aired on radio on ESPN 1530, regionally broadcast on fccincinnati.com/stream, off-market on ESPN +, while an audio stream will be available through the iHeartRadio application.

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Information on seating options at the club’s state-of-the-art TQL stadium is now available at TQLstadium.com. For more information on 2022 season pass deposits and renewals, which are available now, visit TQLstadium.com or stadium social properties on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @TQLStadium, or by calling the team’s sales and service staff at 513-977-5425.


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