Part-owner Steve Nash sees brighter times ahead for Vancouver Whitecaps

TORONTO — Part-owner Steve Nash sees brighter days ahead for the Vancouver Whitecaps under first-year coach Marc Dos Santos.

The Whitecaps (5-11-9) have won just one of their last 10 league outings (1-5-4) and were knocked out of the Canadian Championship by the CPL’s Cavalry FC. Only Colorado and expansion Cincinnati have fewer points in the 24-team MLS.

Vancouver is undergoing a radical makeover under Dos Santos.

“He has a very clear sense of what he wants to do and a vision of how he wants to play and how he wants this club to operate and behave and how he wants his players to behave — which is easier said than done,” Nash said in an interview. “He’s somebody that we’re incredibly excited about and proud to have as our coach.

“Having said that, he’s wanted to change and fulfil his vision for the culture and behaviour of the team and the club. So there was big turnover. In a sense, we’re like an expansion team this year. Which I respect. It takes guts to say ‘I’ll let some of these talented players move on in order to instill the principles that I want the club to live.’

“That’s going to make the season difficult. So many unfamiliar faces trying to come together.”

The former NBA star says an unforgiving schedule coupled with MLS’s no-frills travel policy has also cut into training time.

“Now we’ve come out of that period. We’re playing a little less frequently and gotten a couple of results on the bounce here,” Nash said.

Vancouver beat Cincinnati 2-1 last time out after tying Minnesota 0-0 on the road. That mini-resurgence came after one-sided losses to San Jose (3-1), New England (4-0), Sporting Kansas City (3-0) and Los Angeles FC (6-1).

“That shows the character’s there,” Nash said of the recent improvement. “And the things he’s trying to implement didn’t wash away with those big losses.”

Nash was in Toronto to promote the sports streaming service DAZN, which has acquired the Canadian rights to the English Premier League.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

House of Commons can manage virtual voting securely if MPs want it, Speaker says

House of Commons can manage virtual voting securely if MPs want it, Speaker says

Liberals detail changes to COVID-19 aid as they ask MPs to OK new spending

Liberals detail changes to COVID-19 aid as they ask MPs to OK new spending

Some Red Deer preschools won’t open for the remainder of school year

Short notice from provincial government one of the reasons

Solidarity together: Central Albertans protest in Red Deer against racism

There’s no such thing as a little bit of racism. Even one… Continue reading

How proceedings in the House of Commons during pandemic differ from normal

How proceedings in the House of Commons during pandemic differ from normal

Feds continue to add to COVID-19 supply stores to meet future demand

Feds continue to add to COVID-19 supply stores to meet future demand

Feds continue to add to COVID-19 supply stores to meet future demand

Feds continue to add to COVID-19 supply stores to meet future demand

Ontario mulls collection of race-based COVID-19 data; some argue it’s essential

Ontario mulls collection of race-based COVID-19 data; some argue it’s essential

NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at home

NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at home

MLS players skip training again but reports suggest a deal may be close

MLS players skip training again but reports suggest a deal may be close

Jets captain Blake Wheeler on racism: ‘You can’t be silent anymore’

Jets captain Blake Wheeler on racism: ‘You can’t be silent anymore’

Canadians seem OK with possibly being benched as playoff venue: survey

Canadians seem OK with possibly being benched as playoff venue: survey

Most Read