Toronto FC II adds Pozniak as assistant coach


Chris Pozniak earned 24 caps for the Canadian national team. (Pierre Obendrauf/CP)

Toronto FC II has added former Canadian international Chris Pozniak as an assistant coach.

The 35-year-old will work with head coach Jason Bent on the USL team. Stuart Neely remains head coach of the Toronto FC academy team.

"Bringing back a former player and Canadian international with Chris’ experience will help our academy and drafted college players transition up to the first team, which is one of our primary objectives of TFC II," Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement.

Pozniak played for Toronto FC, Chivas USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS. He also spent time with Orebro Sportklubb (Sweden), Dundee (Scotland), and FK Haugesund and Bryne FK (Norway) before retiring in 2012.

He earned 24 caps for the Canadian national team.

Pozniak spent last season as head coach of Kitchener-Waterloo United Football Club of the USL Premier Development League. He was also an assistant coach with the York University Lions.

NOTES: Italian star Sebastian Giovinco wasted little time opening his 2016 pre-season account, scoring on a free kick in the 15th minute of a 4-0 win Monday over Cal State Fullerton. Luca Uccello, Molham Babouli and Jay Chapman also scored for Toronto … Former Toronto FC midfielder Junior Burgos has joined the NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies on a season-long loan from Atlanta United, an MLS expansion side set to kick off in 2017 … Whitecaps draft pick Josh Heard has joined Bethlehem Steel FC, the Philadelphia Union’s new USL team. The Victoria midfielder was taken in the fourth round (71st overall) of last month’s MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver.

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