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Vancouver Whitecaps hire LAFC assistant Marc Dos Santos as new head coach

High-profile assistant gets his chance in MLS.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Wednesday they have hired Marc Dos Santos as their new head coach. He signed a three-year deal to lead the Canadian outfit from the 2019 season.

Dos Santos, 41, spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Los Angeles Football Club. The Canada native was regarded as a surprise addition to the coaching staff but also a coup, given his experience elsewhere, coaching in NASL, USL and abroad and considered the best Canadian up-and-coming coaching prospect, perhaps the best in North America overall.

As it turned out, LAFC got his services for just a year, which in hindsight was likely expected given how well-regarded Dos Santos is. After the Whitecaps fired Carl Robinson near the end of the season, Dos Santos was basically the only candidate named publicly to step in, so it seemed pretty much inevitable it would happen.

Now, he gets a chance in MLS, finally, and LAFC have a vacancy on the coaching staff. Expect the games against Vancouver to be especially tricky next year, considering Dos Santos’ inside knowledge of Bob Bradley’s tactics and the roster. So we’ll see. Best of luck to him, but you know, not against LAFC etc. etc.

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