Whitecaps prolong coach Vanni Sartini for 2 extra years

The Whitecaps introduced the information throughout Saturday evening’s Determination Day match with LAFC, in entrance of a season-high 24,000 followers

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It was Determination Day in Main League Soccer, however the Vancouver Whitecaps had already made theirs.

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Vanni Sartini is their head coach.

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To cheers and applause from the 24,000 followers at B.C. Place on Saturday evening, the Whitecaps introduced that Sartini had signed a two-year extension with the membership.

“We’re thrilled to formally announce in entrance of our wonderful followers that we’ve reached an settlement with Vanni to increase his contract,” stated Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director.

“Vanni’s dedication and fervour has proven he can take this membership to new heights. He has efficiently carried out a robust philosophy and elegance of play with the group because the chief.

“Not solely has Vanni made an influence within the locker room and on the pitch, however he additionally continues to energise our membership together with his enthusiastic persona. He has embraced Vancouver and constructed sturdy relationships with our supporters, in addition to our workers. We’re more than happy to have Vanni as our coach as we glance to proceed to win trophies and make historical past.”

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Sartini may not be the winningest head coach in group historical past — but — however he’s actually probably the most beloved, together with his passionate shows and earnest feedback incomes him a religious following with the group’s supporters. He’s additionally made big strides with the group, profitable back-to-back Canadian Championships for the primary time in MLS period, and making the playoffs two out of the three years he’s been in cost. The Caps additionally narrowly missed out on the post-season in 2022, in a dramatic Determination Day loss on the street in Minnesota.

His profitable share of 41.25 is the very best amongst Whitecaps MLS coaches, however he’s nonetheless 43 wins throughout all competitions behind chief Carl Robinson.  

A defensive-minded coach, he additionally helped usher in a brand new model of offensively engaging soccer, with the very best goals-per-game common within the group’s MLS historical past (1.5) and the group scoring a team-record 75 objectives up to now in 2023. He took the group to the spherical of 32 within the Leagues Cup this season, going undefeated in regulation towards Liga MX powerhouses Tigres and Membership Leon.

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“I’m completely happy, really ecstatic, to increase my contract with Whitecaps FC,” Sartini stated.

“Vancouver has turn into residence for me and my spouse, and we’re very excited to proceed to dwell on this incredible metropolis. For the reason that day of my interim appointment, by the 2 years as head coach, the followers have been wonderful each in memorable nights like our two Canadian Championships or the wins towards our Cascadia rivals, and on the identical time all the time behind the group and myself in each second of issue.

“The group has developed and grown rather a lot over the past two seasons, and I’m satisfied we’re trending in the direction of much more nice achievements and particular nights. Andiamo!”

The Whitecaps are 38-31-27 throughout all competitions since Sartini took over from Marc Dos Santos, who’d employed him as an assistant in 2019.  Vancouver can be 28-9-12 at residence below Sartini, their wins complete of 24 common season victories sitting third total within the league. The Caps have additionally recorded 30 factors when rallying from behind, fifth-most within the league, and have 20 shutouts, eleventh finest league huge in that point.

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Earlier than becoming a member of Dos Santos’s workers in 2018, Sartini was a coach’s coach, working with each the U.S. and Italian soccer federations as a training educator. Previous to that, he was head coach of A.S. Mezzana for 3 seasons, an assistant coach with A.S. Livorno Calcio — whom he helped earn promotion to Serie A — and an assistant coach with S.S.C. Bari.

After spending two years as an assistant to Dos Santos, Sartini transitioned to the position of the membership’s director of methodology and U-23’s head coach. Sartini oversaw the implementation of growth, coaching and coach schooling philosophies used all through the membership. Sartini holds a UEFA professional licence, the very best teaching certification obtainable, and is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish, and Japanese.

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He’s had an intensive profession, but it surely’s being in command of the Whitecaps the place he feels he’s made his largest strides.

“Change? I don’t know. It’s a giant phrase. I believe ‘developed,’ it’s a greater phrase,” he stated on Thursday, when requested how he’s modified over the previous two seasons.

“I spent numerous years both teaching within the second group of the youth or being the assistant coach of the first-team degree. So I by no means needed to handle the type of unhappiness of individuals which can be out, and people sorts of issues. So I believe that I improved rather a lot there. I improved rather a lot there as a result of I didn’t have earlier than the duty to handle above, talking with individuals about me. And at first, it was completely new for me. I believe I’m nonetheless bettering there.

“And the opposite factor on the sector i’d say that I noticed that, like every little thing in life, typically you must compromise. You’ll be able to have the very best concepts otherwise you will be very certain that your thought is the very best, however you’ll want to ensure that the participant believes that too. So typically you’ll want to perhaps do a step again to be able to do two steps ahead.”

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