Director of Soccer Operations - Tom Soehn
Birthplace – Chicago, IL
Hometown - Chicago, IL
Citizenship - American
Years with Whitecaps FC – 2010-present (as director of soccer operations); 2011 (as acting head coach)
Acquired - 2010.1.19
Previous Club – D.C. United
Tommy Soehn, 45, brings extensive experience in Major League Soccer (MLS) as both a coach and a player, having been part of the league since its inception in 1996. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he joined Whitecaps FC in January 2010 as director of soccer operations to develop and manage the club’s player scouting, identification, recruitment system and roster.
On May 30, 2011, Soehn returned to the coaching ranks when he replaced Teitur Thordarson as head coach for the remainder of the club's inaugural MLS season. Soehn returned to his duties as director of soccer operations at the end of the 2011 campaign after Martin Rennie formally succeeded Thordarson as Whitecaps FC head coach for the 2012 MLS season following the Scotsman's appointment on August 9, 2011.
Soehn brings nine years of MLS coaching experience to Whitecaps FC, including six seasons at MLS club D.C. United – the last three as head coach. From 2004 to 2006, he served as assistant coach to Peter Nowak at the Washington, D.C., outfit. During that time, United won both the 2004 MLS Cup title and the 2006 MLS Supporters’ Shield as regular season champions. On December 21, 2006, Soehn succeeded Nowak as head coach and enjoyed a successful first season with United, with the club defending their MLS Supporters’ Shield title in 2007. His second season in charge saw United win the 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title before he led the club into the group stages of the inaugural (2008-09) CONCACAF Champions League. As Lamar Hunt US Open Cup winners, United returned to the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2009-10 season and reached the group stages for a second straight year. As United head coach from 2007 to 2009, Soehn registered a 55W-48L-31D record in all competitions, including an overall MLS record of 36W-31L-25D.
Prior to joining D.C. United, Soehn served as assistant coach with hometown club Chicago Fire. He first assisted former United States national team head coach Bob Bradley during both the 2001 and 2002 seasons before serving in the same role for then Fire head coach Dave Sarachan in 2003.
Soehn’s time in professional soccer also included a distinguished 13-year playing career as a defender/midfielder in both the indoor and outdoor game in North America. This included four seasons in MLS with Dallas Burn (now known as FC Dallas) and Chicago. After being selected in the second round (13th overall) of the MLS Inaugural Player Draft in February 1996, Soehn missed out on the league’s first season of existence through injury before returning to action the next year, as Dallas won the 1997 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title. In 1998, Soehn returned home to join expansion club Chicago following a midseason trade from Dallas. He then helped the Illinois-based outfit to a memorable first year of existence, as the Fire won both the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup titles that year. That was followed by another Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title with Chicago in 2000.
Soehn’s playing career also included a spell in the old Canadian Soccer League with Ottawa Intrepid and Hamilton Steelers in 1989 and 1990. He then played a further three seasons in the old American Professional Soccer League (APSL) with Colorado Foxes from 1992 to 1994. During his time with Colorado, the defender/midfielder won two APSL championship titles in 1992 and 1993. He also claimed the 1992 ‘Professional Cup’ North American Club Championship with Colorado, with the Foxes defeating Whitecaps FC (known then as Vancouver 86ers) 5-3 on aggregate in the first round of the competition. Soehn also spent part of his career playing professional indoor soccer. This included spells with Wichita Wings in the Major Indoor Soccer League/Major Soccer League (1988 to 1992) and National Professional Soccer League (NPSL - 1993 to 1996), Denver Thunder (NPSL – 1992-93 season), and Las Vegas Dustdevils (Continental Indoor Soccer League – 1995 season).
Soehn and his wife Jean have four children.