Nick Dasovic

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Nick Dasovic
Personal information
Full name Nick Robert Dasovic
Date of birth (1968-12-05) December 5, 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (0)
1991–1992 North York Rockets
1992–1993 Croatia Zagreb 0 (0)
1993–1994 Montreal Impact 36 (4)
1995 Vancouver 86ers 2 (0)
1995–1996 Stade Briochin 21 (1)
1996 Vancouver 86ers 10 (1)
1996 Trelleborgs FF 7 (0)
1996–2002 St. Johnstone 137 (1)
2002–2005 Vancouver Whitecaps 81 (2)
National team
1992–2004 Canada 63 (2)
Teams managed
2002–2005 Vancouver Whitecaps (assistant)
2006 Whitecaps FC Reserves
2005–2007 Canada U-20(assistant)
2008–2010 TFC Academy
2008 Canada (assistant)
2008–2010 Toronto FC (assistant)
2008 Canada U-23
2010 Toronto FC (interim)
2011-2013 Canada U-20
2013- San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 September 2009

Nick Robert Dasovic (born December 5, 1968 in Vancouver) is a retired professional Canadian soccer player of Croatian descent. He is currently an assistant coach with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Club career[edit]

A 6'1, 180 lbs central defensive midfielder, Dasovic began his career in the Yugoslav First League and later the Croatian First League playing for Croatian club NK Dinamo Zagreb, renamed Croatia Zagreb during the 1990s. The team also featured important players like Mario Stanić and Goran Vlaović.

He began playing in Canada professionally with the North York Rockets, of the former Canadian Soccer League, for whom he played the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Dasovic played the 1993 and 1994 seasons in the American Professional Soccer League with the Montreal Impact.

Dasovic played for Stade Briochin in the French Ligue 3 in 1995 and for Swedish Allsvenskan side Trelleborgs FF in 1996.[1]

St. Johnstone[edit]

In November 1996, Dasovic signed for Scottish club St. Johnstone. His first season in Perth saw the Saints win promotion from the First Division to the Premier League. Dasovic has been quoted as saying his fondest memory of his pro career was being named man-of-the-match in the 1998 Scottish League Cup Final in which he scored, a 2-1 defeat against Rangers F.C.. Saints went on to finish third behind Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish Premier League that season, qualifying for the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.

He finished his playing career as player/manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

International career[edit]

He made his senior debut for Canada in an April 1992 friendly match against China and went on to earn 63 caps, scoring twice.[2] He represented Canada in 14 World Cup qualifiers[3] and played at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

His final international game was a January 2004 friendly match against Barbados.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 July 1993 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Costa Rica 1-0 1-1 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 13 October 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Cuba 2-0 2-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Coaching career[edit]

Known for his vocal antics on the touchline, Nick Dasovic led Canada's under-23 side through Olympic qualification in 2008, drawing Mexico 1-1 in the group stage and helping to eliminate the heavily favored Mexican team in the process. After a highly promising 5-0 win over Guatemala, on a night when Mexico had to better that result against Haiti but could only win 5-1, Canada fell to the United States 3-0 in the semifinal, losing out on a spot in Beijing at the summer Olympics. Canada recovered to defeat Guatemala in the third-place playoff, a rematch of their first round game, winning on penalties (5-3) after a scoreless draw through 120 minutes.

On May 6, 2008, Dasovic joined MLS club Toronto FC as TFC Academy head coach and second assistant to the first team. He became first assistant when manager John Carver left the club in 2009 and was replaced by his understudy Chris Cummins as interim coach. In September 2010, he became interim head coach of Toronto FC after the firing of Preki, a position he held until January 2011 when Aron Winter became the head coach. On December 2, 2011 Dasovic was named head coach of Canada U-20 national team.[4]

Nick Dasovic was hired as an assistant coach by the San Jose Earthquakes on June 18, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Dasovic at playerhistry.com
  2. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team - RSSSF
  3. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
  4. ^ [1] - Canada Soccer Association
  5. ^ "Earthquakes name Nick Dasovic assistant coach". San Jose Earthquakes. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 

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