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Duncan Oughton Joins Toronto FC Coaching Staff

In another backroom move, a former Columbus Crew defender and New Zealand international joins Ryan Nelsen on the coaching staff.

Jamie Sabau

With TFC's defence as brittle as it is, it's probably little surprise that the Reds have added another former defender to the coaching ranks...and in doing so they have reached across to the state of Ohio to get one in former Columbus Crew and New Zealand international defender Duncan Oughton.

You may remember the 35-year old Oughton as someone who has terrorized the Reds' attackers during his playing career with the Crew, and apparently Ryan Nelsen remembers him too, having played together for their native All Whites during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France while Nelsen was a member of D.C. United.

Oughton played 10 years with the Columbus side, and retired in 2010 to join the Crew coaching staff. In his time playing, he was known to be versatile in many positions in the midfield and the defence, so he should have good experience to pass on to TFC's still struggling defenders.

Here's Kevin Payne: "Duncan knows the league inside and out, and what it takes to be successful in the league. I've known him for many years and I know he will be a great addition to the fantastic staff we have here at Toronto FC."