is the first coaching casualty of the MLS season. The Houston Dynamo, last in the Western Conference with a 3-7-2 record, and the second-year Scottish coach agreed to part ways
on Wednesday. In a club statement, the club said it accommodated Coyle's desire to be closer to his family in England.
“I asked [club president] Chris [Canetti
] if I could
speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said. “I want to wish all members of the
staff, from owner Gabriel Brener
to president Chris Canetti to general manager Matt Jordan
, everyone has been such a source of support, along with the players and the technical staff.
I’d like to thank the Dynamo supporters, who have been outstanding. We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”
Coyle was just the second
head coach in Dynamo history, replacing Dominic Kinnear
in December 2014. The Dynamo went 11-14-9 in 2015 and missed the playoffs.
Assistant coaches Wade Barrett
and Paul Rogers
will be in charge of the Dynamo at Saturday’s away game against Vancouver. Assistant coach Sandy Stewart
also left the organization.
No decision has been made about the coach for the the remainder of the season. One name mentioned: Wilmer Cabrera
, who coaches Rio Grande Valley FC, the Dynamo's USL farm team. Cabrera coached
Chivas USA in 2014 when it had Erick Torres
, whom Coyle rarely used after being acquired by the Dynamo.
“It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set
forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances,” Canetti said. “Without a doubt, Owen brought many great
qualities to the club since his arrival 18 months ago and made a positive impression on the people around him. He is an excellent coach and an even better person, and I wish him and his terrific
family nothing but the best going forward.”