Marc Dos Santos Leaving Ottawa Fury FC at Season’s End

IMAGE, STEVE KINGSMAN/OTTAWA FURY FC

by JAKE NUTTING

Ottawa Fury FC revealed this morning that the only head coach in the club’s short history, Marc Dos Santos, will be leaving the organization to pursue a coaching opportunity in Major League Soccer.

“It’s the nature of the sport,” said Fury President, John Pugh. “Marc has done a great job for us, other clubs have noticed and he is moving-on with the intention of moving-up to higher levels of the game. We thank Marc for his two seasons of service to Ottawa Fury FC and wish him well in the future.”

Pugh added that the search for Dos Santos’ replacement is already underway.

After a typical rocky inaugural season in the NASL last year, Dos Santos has the Fury primed for a postseason berth heading into the final stretch of their sophomore season. With eight games left in the regular season, Ottawa carries a record of 9W-9D-4L, occupying the top spot in the Fall Season standings and the third spot in the overall standings.

The timing of today’s announcement is unfortunate given how promising the future was looking for the Fury with Dos Santos at the helm. If Ottawa were to ride the season out and clinch a playoff spot, they would be the first Canadian team to do so in the modern era NASL.

“I think we’ve put together something very special here in Ottawa,” Dos Santos said. “I’d like to thank John Pugh and the ownership group for giving me the opportunity to be part of it. Thanks also to all Fury and OSEG staff, and a special thanks to Ottawa/Gatineau fans. I know the franchise is in great shape for the future.”

The most obvious landing spot for Dos Santos in MLS is with Montreal Impact. As a native of the city and province, Dos Santos has strong personal ties to the area, but he also served as head coach of the Impact from 2009 until his resignation in 2011, one year ahead of the club’s jump up to MLS. Montreal fired head coach Frank Klopas at the end of August and currently have Mauro Biello filling the role on an interim basis.

Dos Santos would not be the first NASL coach to cross party lines to take charge of a MLS side. At the conclusion of his third year with the Carolina RailHawks, Martin Rennie moved on to take charge of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

UPDATE:

Tony Marrinaro, a sports radio host on TSN 690 Montreal, has confirmed Dos Santos will join Sporting KC as an assistant under Peter Vermes.