Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dos Santos Set to Leave the Rangers?

It appears that Marc Dos Santos' stay in Kansas City will be a short one. Nine months after being named the first head coach of the Swope Park Rangers, and less than a year since stepping down as head coach of the Ottawa Fury, it looks like Dos Santos will be leaving to take another head coaching job. Reports out of Canada are that Dos Santos will be returning to the NASL to become the first head coach of expansion side, the San Francisco Deltas next season.

The news was first reported by Canadian journalist Patrick Leduc this morning and has since been picked up by other media.

It'd be a blow to the Rangers, as it was thought to be a coup that KC was able to land the respected Dos Santos, who had led Ottawa to first place in the NASL's fall standings and was named the 2015 NASL Coach of the Year for his work with the club. This season with the Rangers, Dos Santos has gone 8-9-5 as the head coach of the Rangers and currently has them sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference, just one point outside a playoff berth with eight games remaining.

Losing Dos Santos would be a blow to the young USL squad for Kansas City that has seem some potential call ups emerge, from Amer Didic and Tyler Pasher who are currently with Sporting KC in Trinidad for their CONCACAF Champions League game tonight to Kevin Oliveira who was looking every bit of a potential attacking midfielder for KC before he tore his ACL.

His departure will certainly start the speculation on his replacement. Already this afternoon I've seen names like Sporting assistant, Kerry Zavagnin, DC United assistant, Davy Arnaud, Oklahoma City Energy coach, Jimmy Nielsen, and even current player, Paulo Nagamura taking over as the head coaching position for Dos Santos.

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