Update: Coyle was confirmed as Dynamo head coach.
Like Kinnear, Coyle is Scottish-born but played for Ireland in a 22-year playing career that took him to 12 clubs, 11 in Scotland. He coached in Scotland at Falkirk and St. Johnstone before moving to England.
He helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever in 2009 but left in January 2010 to take charge at Bolton Wanderers, which he helped keep in the EPL in 2010. It was relegated in 2012 and he left two months in the 2012-13 season in the League Championship. He spent five months at Wigan in place of Roberto Martinez after it too was relegated in 2013.
Coyle knows MLS and the Dynamo well, having made Stuart Holden, another Scottish-born player, from Houston one of his first signings at Bolton. Holden thrived under Coyle at Bolton until a series of knee injuries wracked his career. He later added a second MLS product, Tim Ream.
Coyle is credited with having a big impact on the careers of English stars Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshire.
Ruud Gullit is the only other MLS coach with EPL experience, having managed Chelsea and Newcastle United. He only lasted briefly as the coach of the LA Galaxy in 2008.