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Report: LAFC’s Marc Dos Santos a candidate for Orlando City opening

Could he depart Southern California for Central Florida?

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-San Francisco Deltas at San Jose Earthquakes John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

It was seen as a coup for Bob Bradley when Marc Dos Santos joined Los Angeles Football Club’s coaching staff ahead of the season. Perhaps unsurprisingly, with the first open search in MLS on this season, the assistant coach may be in demand.

Paul Tenorio of The Athletic reported on Thursday that Dos Santos is among the candidates identified in Orlando City’s head coaching search. While Tenorio’s report focused primarily on former Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter, and also mentioned Louisville City FC head coach James O’Connor, the links to Dos Santos are not necessarily surprising.

While Dos Santos has an extensive head coaching resumé in North America, the Canadian has not yet been a head coach in MLS, instead finding considerable success at a number of teams in the second incarnation of the NASL (Ottawa Fury, San Francisco Deltas) and the USL (Swope Park Rangers). Of Portuguese heritage, Dos Santos has worked in Brazil in the past and given Orlando City’s Brazilian ownership, those ties could prove very persuasive, indeed.

In spite of all of that, it sounds as though Porter is probably the frontrunner, so while it would not be a shock if Dos Santos moves on from LAFC at any point, he’s probably sticking around, and that’s not a bad thing for the expansion outfit. Still, stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted if we learn more on this story.

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