Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos has been fined for calling Major League Soccer "amateur."
The comments were made in an interview with The Athletic and were in reference to the length of offseason MLS has in comparison with other major divisions around the world.
"Players at the top level, they have three weeks, one month maximum, on break," Dos Santos said.
"I'm telling you, three months and a half of a break in a soccer season is ... It's amateur. It doesn't happen in the world."
The Vancouver Whitecaps have hired former Mainz and Schalke executive Axel Schuster as sporting director.
Schuster will report directly to ownership and will oversee the entire technical side of the Whitecaps organization, from youth all the way to the first team.
Vice president of soccer operations Greg Anderson and manager Marc Dos Santos will both report directly to Schuster.
"When I first learned about this opportunity, I was immediately interested...
Michaell Chirinos scored on a two-man breakaway in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, and the last-place Vancouver Whitecaps stunned the LA Galaxy 4-3 in Carson, Calif., on Sunday night.