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Nick Dasovic
Personal information
Full name Nick Robert Dasovic
Date of birth December 5, 1968 (1968-12-05) (age 41)
Place of birth    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current club Toronto FC (First Assistant Coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1991
1991–1992
1992–1993
1993–1994
1995
1995–1996
1996
1996
1996–2002
2002–2005
Dinamo Zagreb
North York Rockets
Croatia Zagreb
Montreal Impact
Vancouver 86ers
Stade Briochin
Vancouver 86ers
Trelleborgs FF
St. Johnstone
Vancouver Whitecaps


000 (0)
036 (4)
002 (0)

010 (1)
007 (0)
137 (1)
081 (2)   
National team2
1992–2004 Canada 063 (2)
Teams managed
2002–2005
2006
2005–2007
2008–
2008–
2008–
2008
Vancouver Whitecaps (player/assistant coach)
Whitecaps FC Reserves
U-20 Canada(Assistant Coach)
TFC Academy
Canada (Assistant Coach)
Toronto FC (Assistant Coach)
Canada U-23

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20 September 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 20 September 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nick Robert Dasovic (born December 5, 1968 in Vancouver) is a retired professional Canadian soccer player of Croatian decent. He is currently First Assistant coach at Toronto FC.[1]

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Club career

A 6'1, 180 lbs defender, Dasovic began his career in the Yugoslav First League and later the Croatian First League playing for Croatian clubs, including a season with Croatia Zagreb, a team also featuring the likes of Mario Stanic and Goran Vlaovic. 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.

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Saint Johnstone

In November of '96, he signed with St. Johnstone in Scotland with whom he played six seasons. His first in Perth saw 'the Saints' win promotion out of the First Division into the Premier League. Dasovic has been quoted as saying that 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 against Rangers in a 2-1 defeat. The Saints went on to finish third behind Rangers and Celtic in the league that season.

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

International career

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

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 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 13 October 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Cuba 2-0 2-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Coaching career

Known for his vocal antics on the touchline, Nick Dasovic led Canada's under-23 side through Olympic qualifying in 2008, drawing Mexico 1-1 in the group stage and helping to eliminate the heavily-favoured Mexican side 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 Olympics that summer. 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.

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