The Mississauga MetroStars have announced an immediate change to the club's technical staff, advising that GM & Head Coach Phil Ionadi and his assistant Milodrag Akmadzic-Backo have elected to pursue other career opportunities.   

     “I would like to compliment Phil and Backo for all their efforts to date as we transition the club and take it in a new direction for the remainder of the season,” said MetroStars President Serge Giancola. With eight games remaining in the 2018/19 season, the MetroStars sit fourth in the MASL’s Eastern Division with a 3-13 record. 

     The new MetroStars technical staff will be comprised of Head Coach Rick Titus and Assistant Coach John Williams. Titus, 49, a native of Mississauga, currently coaches Masters FA of League 1 Ontario as well as the Sheridan College Bruins, 2018 OCAA National finalists. Titus also has head coaching experience at various levels of the Toronto FC Academy and was also a regional scout for TFC.

 Rick Titus

     Titus’ playing career includes several seasons with the USL’s Toronto Lynx, Vancouver Whitecaps and Charleston Battery as well as arena soccer experience with the Edmonton Drillers, Buffalo Blizzard and Philadelphia Kixx of the NPSL. Titus also played one season with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in 2002 and represented the Trinidad & Tobago National Team four times that same year.

     Williams is currently the head coach of the OCAA's George Brown Huskies as well as the Club Head Coach of GS United, whose women's team are the reigning Canadian National Champions. As a player, Williams had stints with the Winnipeg Fury and St. Catharines Roma of the Canadian National Soccer League.

John Williams

     Titus and Williams will be behind the bench when the MetroStars return to action this Sunday, March 3 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre to face their Eastern Division rivals the Baltimore Blast. Kickoff is 3:05 pm (ET).