The winningest coach in New York Red Bulls (or MetroStars, as they were at the time) history is set to return to the North American soccer scene, per a report from Sportsnet's John Molinaro that offers confirmation of a story attributed to Gazza Mercato: Octavio Zambrano will be the next head coach of the Canada Men's National Team.
Per Sportsnet, Zambrano will be formally announced as the Canada MNT head coach on Friday, March 17.
In a three-season stint at the helm of the MetroStars from 2000 to 2002, Zambrano saw the team win 52 out of 107 games played in all competitions under his guidance: the most games won by any head coach of the twice-named club that is now known as RBNY. He is also the team's joint-winningest coach in the MLS regular season, tied with Hans Backe with a career record of 41 wins in league games as head coach for the club.
The 59-year-old Ecuadorian made his name as a coach in US club soccer, with notable terms as head coach of LA Galaxy and MetroStars, as well as a spell as an assistant coach with Sporting Kansas City from 2009 to 2011. But since losing his position with MetroStars in 2002, he has roamed widely around the soccer world: a little administrative work in Ecuador, coaching in Moldova, Hungary, and Colombia, and latterly back in Ecuador for stints as head coach of El Nacional and Delfin SC.
The Canada role will be his first national team head coaching job.