CF Montreal has appointed former DC United head coach Hernan Losada as the team’s new coach.
“We were looking for a coach who could continue the sporting project we have been building since my arrival in 2020 and we are convinced that Hernán checks all the boxes at this level,” said CF Montréal Vice-President and Chief Sporting Officer Olivier Renard.
“With the philosophy put forward at the Club over the past few years, both on and off the field, we are very pleased with our choice.”
News of Losada’s hiring came shortly after Montreal completed a deal with Real Salt Lake to acquire defender Aaron Herrera.
“It is with great excitement, motivation and gratitude that I approach this new opportunity,” said Losada in a press release by the team.
“I am eager to put all my energy, enthusiasm, and abilities into this great project. It is even more special to be able to join a group composed of people with extensive experience like Olivier [Renard], Gabriel [Gervais] and Vassili [Cremanzidis], who have built, with the participation of the entire Club, an identity and a work philosophy focused on youth development, offering them opportunities for growth both on and off the field.
“My mission is to continue in this same direction, offering an offensive and positive style of play while creating an energizing work environment to continue growing together and reach our goals.”
Losada will take over a team in transition after Nancy left for Columbus and key players Djordje Mihailovic, Alistair Johnston and Ismael Kone moved on to European clubs.
He served as head coach of D.C. United during the 2021 and 2022 MLS seasons. Before moving to this side of the Atlantic, he coached Belgian club Beerschot V.A., beginning with the U21 team in 2018-19 before taking over the first team in October 2020.
With Losada at the helm, the Club won the Belgian second division championship, earning a promotion to the Belgian top flight the following season. In 2020, he was also a finalist for the league’s Coach of the Year award. Losada obtained his UEFA Pro coaching license in 2019.