The 2018 edition of Fury FC continues to take shape both on and off the field. Today the club announced another signing, this time in the coaching ranks with the addition of Youssef Dahha as the club’s new goalkeeper coach.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, but originally from Morocco, Dahha, who holds a Quebec B License and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, had been a longstanding figure with the Montreal Impact, where he has coached for thirteen years.
“We are pleased to add to our staff a coach with the experience and breadth of work that Youssef Dahha has,” stated Fury FC General Manager Julian de Guzman. “We are confident that his track record developing successful goalkeepers at all levels of the game, both professionally and with international programs, will be a significant value-add to the system [Head Coach] Nikola [Popovic] has planned for the Fury.”
He first joined the Montreal Impact in 2004 as their goalkeeper coach, leading the team to a couple league and Canadian championships over the following five years. In 2009, he was tasked to develop the club’s soccer schools advanced centre for goalkeepers where he helped shape a generation of new keepers.
Dahha was behind the development of noteworthy goalkeepers such as Canadian international Greg Sutton, Impact’s Matt Jordan, Troy Perkins and 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League Golden Glove Award winner Evan Bush. Not to forget his work with homegrown goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, who is labeled as strong candidate to next number one keeper role for Canada’s Men’s National Team.
Between 2000 and 2010, Dahha was also involved with the Canadian National High-Performance Centre and worked with the Quebec provincial teams.
As a player, he represented Morocco at the 1988 Olympic Games as well as in FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifiers. He played professionally in the Moroccan first division for six years before moving to Quebec, where he played 10 more seasons in the Quebec Elite Soccer League.
Ottawa Fury FC returns to the pitch on January 29 when training camp officially opens the fifth season for the club. Season Tickets for the 2018 USL season are available now at OttawaFuryFC.com/2018-Season-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.