Marc Dos Santos hired to take over as Vancouver Whitecaps head coach

Marc Dos Santos, one of the most highly regarded young coaches in the United States and Canada, has landed his first MLS head coaching job.

As expected, the Vancouver Whitecaps hired Dos Santos as their head coach, giving him a three-year contract through the 2021 MLS season.

Dos Santos, 41, hails from Montreal and has worked in Portugal, Canada, Brazil and the United States.  Among the championships he has won as a head coach:

-- 2009 USL First Division with the Montreal Impact;
-- 2015 NASL fall season with the Ottawa Fury;
-- 2016 USL Western Conference with the Swope Park Rangers; and
-- 2017 NASL Soccer Bowl with the San Francisco Deltas.

After the Deltas folded, Dos Santos became an assistant under Bob Bradley at LAFC, which set an MLS record for most points earned by an expansion team in an inaugural season.

“Marc is a confident, driven leader who has proven himself as a winner at every level he has been tested,” said Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett. “We were impressed by his ability to deliver a clear plan that optimizes all of our resources to measurably improve the club in critical areas.”

In 2018, Vancouver finished eighth in the Western Conference after firing head coach Carl Robinson late in the season. It has made MLS playoffs in four of its eight MLS seasons but never advanced past the conference semifinals. The 'Caps won six titles when they played in the CSL (1988-91) and USL (2006 and 2008).

“Whitecaps FC are a club with a rich history, from the NASL days, to CSL, USL and now in MLS,” said Dos Santos. “It's a club with an incredible potential to grow and become an example for others. I believe in the structure the club has and in the passion of the people involved. I look forward to meeting with our supporters and listening to them, sharing in their dreams and ambitions.”

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