The latest guest on New England Soccer Journal’s “The Goal” podcast has enjoyed enormous success both as a player and coach in the region.
UConn men’s head coach Chris Gbandi joined the podcast with host Matt Langone for a compelling discussion that dove into why Gbandi wanted to return to UConn and replace coaching legend Ray Reid, his vision for the program going forward, and his own personal soccer journey.
Gbandi starred at UConn as a defender and became one of the program’s greatest players ever. He captured the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2000 and led the Huskies to the national championship that same year. He spent the last six years as head men’s soccer coach at Northeastern and led NU to an 11-6-2 overall record in 2021. He was hired to take over at UConn in December.
Prior to his coaching tenure, he was a highly decorated player, who was the first overall pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft. Gbandi played eight years professionally for FC Dallas, Miami FC, and FK Haugesund of the Norwegian Division. He also made an appearance for the Liberian National team in 2004.