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Octavio ZAMBRANO

HEAD COACH, CANADIAN MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Ecuadorian born Octavio Zambrano is the current Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team, and has held the position since being hired in March 2017. In his first major competition leading the Canadian men, Zambrano guided Canada in to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup, with a second place finish in Group A. Prior to joining Canada, Zambrano spent time coaching in South America at Club Deportivo El Nacional (Ecuador) and Deportivo Pereira (Colombia), and with clubs in the top divisions of Moldova and Hungary. However it was in the MLS where Zambrano cemented his coaching prowess, leading the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy to a record breaking season for points and goal scored. That Galaxy squad also became the first North American professional club to advance to a CONCACAF clubs final (Champion’s Cup). Zambrano also spent time coaching with the NY/NJ Metrostars, winning the 2000 MLS Eastern Division Championship with Lothar Matthaus in the line-up.  Zambrano also enjoyed a professional playing career, spending time in the Ecuadorian First Division and the Major Indoor Soccer League in the United States.