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Whitecaps make interim coach Sartini permanent

November 30, 2021 GMT
Vancouver Whitecaps acting head coach Vanni Sartini celebrates after Vancouver qualified for the playoffs after a draw with the Seattle Sounders in an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Vancouver Whitecaps acting head coach Vanni Sartini celebrates after Vancouver qualified for the playoffs after a draw with the Seattle Sounders in an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Vancouver Whitecaps acting head coach Vanni Sartini celebrates after Vancouver qualified for the playoffs after a draw with the Seattle Sounders in an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Vancouver Whitecaps have made interim coach Vanni Sartini their permanent head coach.

Sartini agreed to a two-year deal through the 2023 season, the Whitecaps announced Tuesday.

Sartini was named interim coach on Aug. 27 after the Whitecaps dismissed Marc Dos Santos. The team fell to last place in the Western Conference in early August after an eight-game winless streak.

Under Sartini, Vancouver went 7-2-5 and made the playoffs before losing to Sporting Kansas City in the opening round.

Sartini, who is from Italy, has been with the Whitecaps organization since 2019 and was an assistant under Dos Santos for two seasons.

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