ORLANDO – Dec. 23, 2015 – Orlando City SC is proud to welcome former English Premier League player Stewart Kerr as the goalkeeper coach for its Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Per Club and league rules, additional details were not disclosed.
“Stewart comes highly recommended as he has worked with some top goalkeepers during his time as a coach in the United Kingdom and in MLS,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “With his knowledge and experience, we feel that he is a perfect fit for our young and talented goalkeeping core.”
Kerr, who holds a UEFA PRO Goalkeeping License, brings a wealth of experience to the Lions’ technical staff, leading into the Club’s second MLS campaign. During his coaching career, Kerr has worked with talented goalkeepers such as John Ruddy and Julio Cesar.
After kick-starting his coaching career at Airdrie FC, where he enjoyed success working with Kenny Black and winning a Scottish Challenge Cup with the club, Kerr moved on to Scottish Premier League team Motherwell FC.
In his first season with the club, his excellent work with John Ruddy led to the goalkeeper being sold to English Championship side Norwich City for £750,000, where he helped the team ascend to the English Premier League and receive his first full caps with the England National Team.
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Following Motherwell’s appearance in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic FC in 2011, Kerr joined MLS side Toronto FC where he spent three seasons. During his time with the Canadian side, Kerr was responsible for recruiting and developing Canadian international Quillan Roberts and starter Joe Bendik.
Additionally, in 2014, Kerr prepared Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As a player, the Scotsman began his career at 18 years old with 46-time Scottish League Champions Celtic FC. In two seasons with Celtic, Kerr made 75 appearances for the Scottish giant, resulting in a call-up to the Scotland U-21 Men’s National Team. Kerr made 12 appearances for his native country at the U-21 level.
Following his time with Celtic, Kerr featured in the English Premier League with Swindon Town (1994) and Wigan Atheltic (2001-2003).