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Reports: Marc Dos Santos a candidate for San Jose Earthquakes vacancy

LAFC assistant coach getting more attention around MLS.

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Dos Santos (left) is in demand.
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New reports have emerged linking Los Angeles Football Club assistant coach Marc Dos Santos to the vacant San Jose Earthquakes manager post in recent days.

The first report came out of Dos Santos’ native Quebec, as TVA Sports reported last week that the coach was one of several names being linked to the Quakes’ head coaching job, after the club fired Mikael Stahre on Monday.

That was subsequently followed up by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, who reported that Dos Santos was a candidate and that San Jose had asked LAFC for permission to talk to him.

That said, Dos Santos is one of many candidates San Jose are reportedly looking at, joining former Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter, Stanford University head coach Jeremy Gunn, Boca Juniors manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz.

It’s the second MLS opening that Dos Santos has been linked to during this season, after he was also reportedly a candidate for the Orlando City job after Jason Kreis was fired, with James O’Connor ultimately getting the gig. Like the situation in Orlando, truth be told, San Jose has a mess of a roster and it’s unclear if it is an optimal situation for a manager to jump into, so Dos Santos may or may not take real interest in this opportunity.

At the same time, he’s lived in the Bay Area recently, after taking the one-year San Francisco Deltas to an NASL league title in 2017. One expects he’ll leave eventually, but he may also think the grass is greener at LAFC and opt to remain, through the season or even beyond.

We’ll see, and we’ll keep you posted on developments to this story.

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