Ex Man-U star Jaap Stam named head coach of MLS club FC Cincinnati

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    Jaap Stam

    Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has been named Head Coach of MLS club FC Cincinnati.

    The club, in the top flight of American football for only their 2nd year, now has three Dutchmen at the helm as Stam joins General Manager Gerard Nijkamp and his new assistant coach Said Bakkati.

    Stam, who’s now 47, has had managerial stints in England at Reading (2016-18) and in the Netherlands at PEC Zwolle (2018-19) and Feyenoord (2019).

    His 15-year playing career saw him star at clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax.

    Bakkati is also a Netherlands national with a 15-year professional playing career.

    He suited up as a fullback throughout his home country including Heerenveen (2000-06), ADO Den Haag (2006-07), Go Ahead Eagles (2007-09), FC Zwolle (2009-12) and FC Emmen (2012-15).

    The 2020 MLS season has been suspended since March 12th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    However, players were cleared to begin voluntary individual workouts at outdoor team training fields on May 6th.