Chris Armas

Chris Armas
Personal information
Full name Christopher Armas[1]
Date of birth (1972-08-27) August 27, 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth New York City, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
New York Hota Bavarian SC
Brooklyn Italians
Frosinone SC
South Shore SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Adelphi Panthers 73 (17)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Long Island Rough Riders (8+)
1996–1997 LA Galaxy 50 (4)
1998–2007 Chicago Fire 214 (8)
Total 264+ (20+)
National team
1993–1994 Puerto Rico 8 (0)
1998–2005 United States 66 (2)
Teams managed
2008 Chicago Fire (assistant)
2011–2014 Adelphi Panthers (women)
2015–2018 New York Red Bulls (assistant)
2018–2020 New York Red Bulls
2021 Toronto FC
2021- Manchester United F.C (assistant)
Honours
Representing  United States
Winner CONCACAF Gold Cup 2002
Winner CONCACAF Gold Cup 2005
Men's Soccer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Armas (born August 27, 1972) is an American professional soccer coach and former player.

Youth and college[]

Born in The Bronx, Armas is of Puerto Rican descent and grew up in Brentwood, New York. He graduated from St. Anthony's High School and then attended Adelphi University from 1990 to 1993, amassing 17 goals and 15 assists over his collegiate career. Armas was named an NCAA Division I First Team All-American his senior year.[2]

Playing career[]

Professional[]

After graduating from college, Armas spent 1994 and 1995 playing for the USISL's Long Island Rough Riders, being selected as a USISL All-Star. In 1995, the Rough Riders defeated the Minnesota Thunder in the USISL's Pro League Championship.[3]

In 1996, Armas was drafted by Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft and played a significant role in their first and second seasons. Chicago Fire acquired Armas in a trade for their inaugural 1998 campaign. It was with the 1998 Fire team that Armas emerged as an exceptional player, helping them win their first MLS Championship that year. Between 1998 and 2001, Armas was named to the MLS Best XI four consecutive times, his streak only being broken by an ACL injury that kept him out of much of the 2002 campaign; Armas was named to his fifth Best XI after the 2003 MLS season, in addition to being named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2000. In ten years in MLS, he totaled 11 goals and 41 assists, plus added four goals and four assists in the playoffs.

On April 19, 2007, Armas announced that the 2007 MLS season with the Chicago Fire would be his last, as he decided to retire. His retirement was made official on November 13, 2007, after spending 12 years in MLS.[4]

International[]

Armas played for Puerto Rico in the 1993 Caribbean Cup. The competition was not then recognized by FIFA and so his five matches were classed as friendlies.[5]

He was therefore later allowed to switch his allegiance to the United States, for whom he made his debut November 6, 1998 against Australia.[6] He went on to earn 66 caps. He did not break into the squad until soon after the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and his ACL injury came just before the 2002 FIFA World Cup, so he was never able to play for the United States in the World Cup. He was named as a standby player for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and did not feature in the final squad.

Coaching career[]

Armas served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire in 2008 and was the head women's soccer coach at Adelphi University between 2011 and 2015.

On July 6, 2018, Armas was promoted to head coach of New York Red Bulls after former manager Jesse Marsch departed the club to join RB Salzburg as an assistant.[7] Armas helped the Red Bulls finish first in the regular season, winning the Supporters' Shield as a result. The Red Bulls were eliminated in the conference finals by Atlanta United FC.

In 2019, the Red Bulls finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and were eliminated by the Philadelphia Union in the first round of the playoffs. The Red Bulls were then eliminated in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament after they were defeated by FC Cincinnati. The team was in the middle of a scoring slump when Armas parted ways with the club on September 4, 2020, the day after a 0-1 loss to D.C. United.[8]

In 2021, Armas was hired as head coach of Toronto FC, replacing Greg Vanney.[9] On July 4, 2021, following a 7–1 loss to D.C. United, the largest loss in club history and a league record of 1 win, 8 losses, and 2 draws, the team announced he had been fired.[10]

Personal life[]

Armas and his wife, Justine, have two sons, Christopher and Aleksei.[11]

Career statistics[]

Club[]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[12][13]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
LA Galaxy 1996 Major League Soccer 22 1 6 2 28 3
1997 28 3 2 0 2[b] 0 32 3
Total 50 4 8 2 0 0 2 0 60 6
Chicago Fire 1998 Major League Soccer 31 1 5 0 3 0 39 1
1999 22 1 3 0 0 0 3[b] 0 28 1
2000 16 0 5 0 4 0 25 0
2001 21 0 6 1 3 0 30 1
2002 4 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 6 0
2003 25 2 4 1 4 1 33 4
2004 21 1 3 0 3[b] 1 27 2
2005 22 2 1 0 2 0 25 2
2006 27 1 2 0 2 0 31 1
2007 25 0 3 0 1 0 29 0
Total 214 8 29 2 22 1 8 1 273 12
Career total 264 12 37 4 22 1 10 1 333 18
  1. ^ All appearances in the U.S. Open Cup
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup

International[]

Appearances and goals by national team and year[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Puerto Rico 1993 6 0
1994 2 0
Total 8 0
United States
1998 1 0
1999 7 0
2000 14 2
2001 13 0
2002 11 0
2003 4 0
2004 8 0
2005 8 0
Total 66 2
Scores and results list the United States' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Armas goal.
List of international goals scored by Chris Armas
No. Cap Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 January 16, 2000 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, United States  Iran 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 13 February 19, 2000 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States  Colombia 2–1 2–2
(1–2 pen.)
2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Coaching[]

As of July 4, 2021
Coaching record by team and tenure
Team Nat. From To Record
G W L T Win % Ref.
Adelphi Panthers (women) United States July 13, 2011 March 6, 2015 80 47 23 10 058.75 [15]
New York Red Bulls United States July 6, 2018 September 4, 2020 71 33 27 11 046.48 [16]
Toronto FC Canada January 13, 2021 July 4, 2021 15 2 10 3 013.33 [17]
Total 166 82 53 31 049.40

Honors[]

Player[]

United States

Chicago Fire

Coach[]

New York Red Bulls

References[]

  1. ^ "Our Notable Alumni". Adelphi University.
  2. ^ "Chris Armas (2005) – Adelphi Hall of Fame profile". Adelphi Panthers. Adelphi University. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (January 14, 2021). "Surreal Experience: Repost: Armas enjoys return to Hota (2004)". Front Row Soccer. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Marcus, Jeffrey (November 14, 2007). "Kicking About: Retiring, Training and Mourning". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Wahl, Grant (November 2, 1998). "Inside Soccer: Chris Armas: Man Without A Country?". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Lewis, Michael (May 19, 2020). "Unsung Hero: Chris Armas and His Contributions to the USMNT". United States Soccer Federation. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "Jesse Marsch leaves New York Red Bulls, Chris Armas promoted". WABC-TV. ABC Owned Television Stations. July 6, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "New York Red Bulls Fire Manager Chris Armas". Sports Illustrated. theMaven, Inc. September 4, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Davidson, Neil (January 13, 2021). "Former Red Bulls coach Chris Armas named as Greg Vanney's successor at Toronto FC". Toronto Star. Torstar. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Singh, Michael (July 4, 2021). "BREAKING: Toronto FC fire head coach Chris Armas". Waking the Red.
  11. ^ Firchau, Nick (January 27, 2011). "What Ever Happened To: Chris Armas". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Chris Armas at Major League Soccer
  13. ^ "Chicago Fire player registry – Chris Armas". Chicago Fire FC. Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "Chris Armas". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  15. ^ "Armas To Join New York Red Bulls Staff". Adelphi Panthers. Adelphi University. February 26, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "New York Red Bulls fire head coach Armas after two years". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. September 5, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Toronto FC fires manager Chris Armas amid club's struggles in MLS". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. July 4, 2021. Retrieved July 4, 2021.

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