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By ESPN Staff

Johnston officially hired as Toronto's head coach

TORONTO -- Mo Johnston was hired Friday to coach the expansion MLS Toronto FC through 2009.

Johnston was fired in June by the New York Red Bulls, who were 2-3-7 and last in the Eastern Conference. His overall record with the team was 5-4-8 record.

Toronto FC becomes the 13th team in the MLS next season and first outside the United States.

"Mo represents the next generation of MLS coaches who have extensive playing experience in Europe and North America," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "He brings tremendous passion as well as strong leadership abilities to the sidelines."

Johnston, a former Scottish star, retired in 2001 following six seasons in the MLS, earning three all-star selections with the Kansas City Wizards. In 2002, he joined the MetroStars, who later became the Red Bulls, as an assistant coach.

He played 15 seasons in Europe and scored 15 goals in 35 appearances for Scotland in an international career that included the 1990 World Cup in Italy.