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Vancouver Whitecaps announce coaching staff

Vancouver Whitecaps FC new head coach Marc Dos Santos at the Whitecaps Training Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

New Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos announced the rest of his coaching staff on Friday.

Vanni Sartini and Phillip Dos Santos will be assistant coaches and Youssef Dahha joins the club as the new goalkeeper coach. All three coaches have agreed to multi-year contracts. The trio has worked in six different countries and bring close to five combined decades of coaching experience to the club. 

“Vanni, Phillip and Youssef are all passionate teachers of the game,” Dos Santos said. “They bring diverse experience, dynamic thinking, and a clear understanding of the methodology that we will be implementing in our training and preparation.”

Sartini previously worked as a trainer for the United States Soccer Federation, beginning in 2016, and taught the US Soccer Pro Licence Coaching Course, the highest coaching badge in the United States.

The 42-year-old also worked in Italy, most prominently at Livorno, where he was an assistant coach and helped the club achieve promotion to the top flight during the 2012-13 season, and S.S.C. Bari. 

Phillip Dos Santos, 40, joins his older brother in Vancouver after most recently serving as assistant coach for United Soccer League club Indy Eleven. Before that, Dos Santos spent four seasons as an assistant in the North American Soccer League from 2014 to 2017, while also serving as a technical director during his time with Ottawa Fury from 2013 to 2015.

In Ottawa, Dos Santos was part of the coaching staff that guided the club to the 2015 NASL Soccer Bowl, where it ultimately lost to the New York Cosmos. Two years later, he found redemption, together with his brother, by winning the NASL Soccer Bowl with the San Francisco Delta in 2017. 

Finally, goalkeeper head coach Dahha, 46, spent 2018 as goalkeeper coach for Ottawa Fury. Prior to that, Dahha, who was born in Belgium to Moroccan parents but holds Canadian citizenship, spent 13 years with Montreal Impact.

In Montreal, Dahha helped the Impact win the A-League championship in 2004, the USL regular-season titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as the USL First Division championship in 2009, under head Marc Dos Santos. At the MLS level, he helped Montreal to consecutive Canadian Championships in 2013 and 2014 and a runner-up finish in the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League.




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