MLS: Coyle departs Houston Dynamo

Owen Coyle  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, Paul Caffrey 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.”
2 comments about "MLS: Coyle departs Houston Dynamo".
  1. Jeffrey Organ, May 26, 2016 at 10:57 a.m.

    More like "After I lose in Vancouver Saturday and Dallas next week, I know I am going to get fired during the CA break anyway, so I might as well skip the long West Coast flight and get out while the getting is good. Never did understand this MLS travel anyway".

    If the Dynamo do not take a serious run at Jason Kreis....Chris Canetti should be provided with the opportunity to go spend more time with his family also. Whether Kreis would be interested is another story. I believe that Cabrera is an absolute perfect fit for RGVFC and should be left there. One of the main reasons the Dynamo are a dumpster fire is because the Academy has produced nothing. RGV has has a few bright Academy graduates on the roster and Cabrera's best organizational role right now is to develop them as fast as possible..

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, May 26, 2016 at 2:51 p.m.

    Sorry Jeff, but after having watched Wilmer Cabrera work with Chivas USA, his player management, game preps, etc., I feel that he is a perfect fit for Houston. Wilmer is one of the few coaches that is very much in tune with the player situation i.e. player development and has a proven record of being more than capable in managing/handling the team's player personnel,lastly and in addition, having his finger on the pulse of the organization's player development, Coach Cabrera is the man. Last and definitely last, even though I am not from the area, I am glad to see Coyle go and wish him well, primarily because of his aversion to play local talent, including El Cubo Torres.

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