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Delta dawn: San Francisco has reportedly won the Dos Santos sweepstakes

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Canadian Marc Dos Santos has emerged as the favourite to become the first head coach in the history of NASL expansion side, the San Francisco Deltas.

RDS’s Patrick Leduc reports that Dos Santos, who left the Ottawa Fury after the 2015 season to take over the USL’s Swope Park Rangers, will return to NASL for the 2017 season.

Dos Santos had also been linked to the head coaching position with the Jacksonville Armada — so there was clear competition out there for Dos Santos’s services. There was word around the league that other teams were interested in Dos Santos, as well.

The former Montreal Impact coach has also worked in Brazil. It took him just two seasons to transform the Ottawa Fury from expansion side to Soccer Bowl finalist. He’s also an unabashed supporter of Canadian talent. Even though he currently works in the United States — with the USL affiliate of Sporting Kansas City — he has four Canadians on his roster.

Of course, the fact that USL allows Canadian players to be counted as domestics on the rosters of American teams — something that MLS and NASL does not allow to happen — helped MDS boost the Canadian content on a team located in middle America.

For NASL, the news the Dos Santos is coming back to the league is a welcome sign of stability. The league was rocked just two weeks ago when Rayo OKC’s brass decided to clear out the front office — and Canadian coach Alen Marcina left the club. So, having the new, desperately awaited California club name a man who is already such a well-respected builder in modern NASL should go down well.

Dos Santos has already shown how quickly he can build an expansion side into a contender. Will there be a repeat performance in San Francisco — and how many more Canadians will be along for the ride?

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