MDS on the move: Will the Fury of 2015 be just like the RailHawks of 2011? By Steven Sandor Posted on September 15, 2015 4 0 703 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Marc Dos Santos Last week, when I was interviewing Ottawa Fury Coach Marc Dos Santos for a Plastic Pitch feature, I finished with a question about where he saw the club going in the future. His answer was prophetic. “From day one, we established a model of play for the club. And that did not change no matter the coaches or players we brought in. We stuck to our model of play, even when there were growing pains, even when there were several losses in a row. We believed that, sticking to our vision, we would create the right identity for the club. We’d create the right visibility of the club. And if we keep feeding that model, and by that I mean that we keep improving every day, then there are no limits to where this club can go. When we started off we were playing in front of 1,500 people at Carleton [University]. And, now, the last few games we’ve played in front of 6,000 people. And, if we can make that model strong, it will continue. If I leave, it will continue. If [members of the coaching staff] leave, it will continue.” On Tuesday, MDS and the Fury announced that the coach will be leaving the club at the end of the NASL season, and he’s been allowed to enter talks with an unnamed MLS team over a coaching position. Now, the question: Will the Fury be the new Carolina RailHawks? Remember that this isn’t the first time that an NASL coach announced he would be leaving his club at the end of a season in order to take an MLS job. Back in 2011, the Carolina RailHawks were absolutely savaging the rest of the NASL, and head coach Martin Rennie was rumoured to be going to a number of MLS teams. With the RailHawks at the top of the standings, it was announced that Rennie would finish the NASL season, then take over as the Whitecaps coach. Carolina imploded. The best team in the league suffered a severe dip in form. And, while their record was still good enough to make the playoffs, the RailHawks crashed out of the post-season. Several of those RailHawks players would tell me that the focus changed the second Rennie announced he was going to MLS. Instead of playing for each other, the players saw the second half of the NASL season as their chance to audition for possible MLS jobs or training-camp invites. The team dynamic fell apart. Now, will the Fury’s players retain their professionalism, or will the same fate befall the NASL fall season leaders? It will be fascinating to see if the Fury stays the course, or if the issues that plagued Rennie’s RailHawks in 2011 will be seen in the nation’s capital.