On Thursday, Ottawa Fury FC President John Pugh announced that Dos Santos would be returning home to become the team’s head coach for its inaugural season in NASL.
Dos Santos coached the Impact youth side, was the senior team’s assistant coach when it reached the quarters of the CONCACAF Champions League, then coached the team to a Division-2 title. But, in the Impact’s final NASL season (2011), he cough, cough resigned when the team got off to a poor start and, eventually, missed the playoffs.
But, as a youth coach in Brazil, he made his way to the famed Palmeiras club — and earned a lot of respect.
Yet, there was a strain on his family. His wife is from Montreal. And the challenge of taking on an NASL expansion team — in Canada — was too much to resist. And, after meeting with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group owners, he knew what his answer would be. With a PDL program already in place, he felt there was a commitment to win.
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