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Philadelphia Fury name Cris Vaccaro as Head Coach

Ex-Puerto Rico National Team manager will manage the American Soccer League club in 2015


In another shake up, the Philadelphia Fury named Cris Vaccaro as the team's new Head Coach.

Vaccaro who was the Fury's goalkeeping coach last season will be replacing Matt Driver who will be leaving the position to focus more on front office duties as the owner of the Fury and the AC Crusaders as well as being the CEO of the American Soccer League.

"With the help of Cris becoming head coach I can focus more on league business," said team owner and ASL CEO Matt Driver.

Vaccaro brings a long coaching resume to the position. Vaccaro comes to the position with a strong coaching background. He was the formerly the Head Coach Puerto Rico Under-17, Under-20, and National Teams from 1995 to 2000, and was the Player/Assistant Coach for the Baltimore Blast of the National Professional Soccer League from 1994-1997.

Vaccaro is was also the former Assistant Coach for the Stockton College Women’s Soccer Team and the Goalkeeper trainer for both men's and women's teams. He also runs his own camps and training programs for youth players.

"Winning the championship. My expectations are high," he said in a statement. "We will get better each and every game, and strive to be the best team in the league. The ultimate goal - win the championship."

Vaccaro's first duty will be to conduct tryouts for interested players on February 28- March 1 to fill out their roster. The team will open their Spring ASL season on April 4 on the road against the Western Mass Pioneers.