By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC has hired Marc Dos Santos to be the team’s new head coach. He has signed a three-year deal with the team through the 2021 season.
He was most recently an assistant coach with LAFC in their inaugural season working under Bob Bradley.
He helped Bradley and the team earn the most points in MLS history by an expansion team in their first 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. Bringing in Marc positions the club to meet our goals of competing regularly with the best in the league and to win trophies for Vancouver’s loyal supporters, starting first and foremost with the MLS Cup.”
The 41-year-old Montréal, Québec, Canada native was previously the head coach with Ottawa Fury (2014-15), Swope Park Rangers (2016), and the San Francisco Deltas (2017). Besides being an MLS assistant coach with LAFC, he also served as an assistant coach with Sporting Kansas City and was the Montréal Impact head coach from 2009 through 2011.
In 102 games with the Impact, he went 42-30-30.
“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. They are a very big part of what this club is all about, and together we will meet the challenge of becoming a championship caliber club.”