In this interview, RedNation and Nick discuss his induction into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, his playing career for both club and country, how the environment has changed for Canadian soccer players since his playing days, his time as both an Assistant Coach and Head Coach with Toronto FC and his thoughts on the current state of soccer in Canada.
Canadian Nick Dasovic is one of the recent inductees into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. The Vancouver-born midfielder was capped 62 times by Canada and, addition to his exploits as a player, is an accomplished coach as well. Dasovic began his professional career with North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League in 1991 and remained with North York in 1992. When the CSL folded at the end of the 1992 season he moved to Croatia and spent some time with Dinamo Zagreb. He was back in Canada with the Montreal Impact for seasons in 1993 and 1994, playing in the American Professional Soccer League. In 1995 he was with the Vancouver 86ers briefly and then moved back in Europe to play with St. Brieux in France. The summer of 1996 saw him return to the 86ers before joining FC Trelleborgs in Sweden in the fall. Then came a key move to St. Johnstone of the Scottish League at the start of the 1996-97 season. Nick remained with St. Johnstone until the end of the 2001-2002 season appearing in 137 games and scoring one goal. He was named Man of the Match in the 1998 Scottish League Cup final in which he scored for St. Johnstone against the Rangers in a 2-1 defeat. St. Johnstone finished third behind Rangers and Celtic in that season. He then returned to Vancouver for the third time in the 2003 season and by this time the 86ers had become the Whitecaps. Later he entered the coaching ranks to become coach of the Canadian Olympic team in 2008. He also went on to become and assistant coach, and then head coach of Toronto FC in MLS.