The Vancouver Whitecaps FC named Vanni Sartini as their head coach on Tuesday.
Sartini had served as the team's interim coach since Aug. 27. The 45-year-old Italian received a two-year contract through the 2023 season after guiding the club to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
"We are thrilled to officially remove the interim tag and announce Vanni as our MLS head coach. He truly loves the game, this club and this city," said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director. "After the midseason change, Vanni has proven that he has a strong tactical understanding of what is required to succeed, as well as clear vision and style of play. His passion and enthusiasm have energized our club and community.
"Together, with Vanni and his staff in 2022, we want to make the next steps in our development and have more exciting moments together with our fans at BC Place."
Sartini was handed the title of interim coach after the Whitecaps fired Marc Dos Santos. Sartini guided the club to a 7-2-5 record before the Whitecaps dropped a 3-1 decision to Sporting Kansas City in a first-round matchup.
"These last three months have completely changed my life," Sartini said. "When the club gave me the chance to be the head coach in August, I didn't know how long I was going to last, but I knew that I had to give everything and make the most of the opportunity.
"I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great team and I'm so honored, but also so excited, to help grow this club and continue this journey. Everyone now knows we are a good team, there are certain standards that need to be met, and the best is yet to come."
Sartini, who becomes Vancouver's 16th full-time head coach, had served as Dos Santos' assistant coach since 2019.
--Field Level Media