Bill Manning has played on soccer teams at every level, and it prepared him to lead teams at the highest level. In this episode, learn what it takes to lead a major soccer team from a president two: Toronto FC (MLS) and Toronto Argonauts (MLSE).
Bill began playing soccer as a child in New York at the Massapequa Soccer Club and the Long Island Junior Soccer League Select Team. He then went on the play here in Connecticut at the University of Bridgeport, where he was inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. Professionally, he played with the Brooklyn Italians and helped them win the 1991 U.S. Open Cup title and with the Puerto Rico national team during the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. He then began his career in sports management, leading him to being the current president of Toronto FC in the MLS and the Toronto Argonauts of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
This is the final episode of For the Love of the Game season one! But don’t worry, the game’s not over yet. We’ll be back with season two shortly!
For the Love of the Game is hosted by Ralph Perez and Ray Reid and is a production of Earfluence.
Photo of Bill Manning by Major League Soccer.