Former Montreal Impact coach Marc Dos Santos named first coach of Ottawa Fury FC North American Soccer League squad
Tim Baines Ottawa Sun May 23, 2013
Ottawa Fury FC went all the way to Brazil to find its first coach — a Canadian.
It was announced Thursday that Marc Dos Santos, 36, will join Fury FC on July 1 after spending the last two years coaching in Brazil.
Born in Montreal, Dos Santos is best known for leading the Montreal Impact to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division title in his first year at the helm.
Dos Santos returns to the NASL, where he was one of the original eight coaches in 2011 with the Impact.
"Although it was never a prerequisite, we're delighted to have a Canadian coach," said Fury FC president John Pugh. "He speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and English — the languages of soccer."
Introduced via a video conference call, Dos Santos says the challenge joining an expansion team brings, plus family, were huge factors in his decision to return to Canada.
"I need to have challenges in my life," he said. "I have a lot of Portugal in me, but I'm Canadian. I felt it was important to have the top Canadian coaches in Canada.
"And soccer is not is not everything in my life. It's about family. My wife is from Montreal."
The coach expects Fury FC to have a certain style on the field, one that will be appealing to fans.
"I'm extremely competitive," he said. "In the first year, there's no pressure to be super good. But I put a lot of pressure on myself. We want to press, we want to dictate. We want to be a fast, dynamic team. We've got a lot of work to do in the next six months to build a competitive club.
"With the Impact, I learned to win. I learned tomorrow doesn't count, yesterday doesn't count, what counts is the next game."
So what's the coach going to be looking for in the way of players?
"We don't want a big player who's 33 or 35, a player who's in a comfort zone and looking to finish his career," said Dos Santos. "We want ambitious players who are looking to make a name for themselves."