Whitecaps complete coaching staff, hire three assistants

The Vancouver Whitecaps “global search” for a new coach ended with the hiring of a homegrown manager in Canadian Marc Dos Santos, and while his newly-hired staff also have deep roots close to home, their pedigree fits the world-wide billing.

The team announced its first-team staff Friday; Vanni Sartini and Phillip Dos Santos as assistants, and Youssef Dahha as goalkeeper coach, with all three three agreeing to multi-year contracts.

The three have worked in six different countries, and combined they speak five different languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

They also have a combined five decades of football experience, whether as coaches, players or running education programs.

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

Sartini, a U.S. Soccer Pro Licence Coaching Course educator since 2016, spent seven years coaching in his native Italy, including AS Livorno’s promotion to Serie A as assistant in 2013.

The 42-year-old also previously worked with the Italian national team program in an opposition analysis role at the U-17, U-19, and U-21 levels.

The inclusion of Phillip Dos Santos was a near-certainty once his brother was hired as the Caps new coach. The two worked together at NASL sides Ottawa Fury and the San Francisco Deltas, and Philip most recently held down an assistant spot with the USL club Indy Eleven, and at NASL clubs Ottawa Fury FC and San Francisco Deltas.

Dahha takes over as goalkeeper coach, a role he held with the Ottawa Fury last season, and with the Montreal Impact from 2004 to 2017.


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