Danny Dichio always wanted to be a head coach. Toronto FC wouldn’t give him the gig, so he moved on. Two years later, the TFC legend is now a professional manager.
The Detroit News was first to report on Tuesday that Dichio will be the next head coach of Detroit City FC of the USL Championship.
Waking The Red can confirm that TFC’s first-ever goal scorer will be announced as Detroit City on Wednesday with a press conference and official unveiling at the end of the week.
Dichio had worked within Toronto FC’s Academy since retiring in 2009 and was externally considered to be a head coaching candidate when the club, and then-GM Ali Curtis, hired Chris Armas before the 2021 season. Dichio left TFC at the beginning of 2022 to join his old West Bromwich Albion teammate Mark Briggs’ coaching staff at USL Championship club Sacramento Republic FC.
The dominoes began to fall earlier on Tuesday first when Dichio posted a series of pictures on Instagram with a farewell message to the Sacramento Republic FC faithful that read:
We came to California with great intentions, we had great success in the past 2 seasons and we met some great people along the way! Thank you @SACRepublicFC. We made great memories together ❤️
Sacramento went on a historic run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last year, knocking off MLS clubs the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, and Sporting Kansas City before losing to Orlando City in the 2022 U.S. Open Cup final.
Detroit City also compete in the USL Championship. The club played in the National Premier Soccer League from 2012 to 2019 and the National Independent Soccer Association in 2020 and 2021. Detroit City play their home matches at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, a township of Metro Detroit.
On Tuesday afternoon the club announced that head coach Trevor James, who had been in the post since 2019, was being promoted to Detroit City sporting director.
DCFC are coming off an eighth-place Eastern Conference finish in their second professional season in the USL. Detroit were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after knocking off the top ranked Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the first round.