He will become the president of the Houston World Cup Bid Committee -- under
the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority -- seeking to bring games at the 2026 World Cup to Houston.
In 2012, the Dynamo moved into BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. It averaged more than 20,000 fans three of its first four years, but attendance has dropped since then, falling below 17,000 for the first time in 2018.
The Dash was the first expansion team in the NWSL, joining the women's league in 2014. It has yet to make the playoffs in five seasons. Its attendance has also dropped each of the last three years, falling below 4,000 in 2018.
During Canetti’s tenure, the Dynamo also launched its partnership with Rio Grande Valley FC. The Dynamo was the first MLS team to operate the technical side of an USL club, leaving the business operations to the club itself.
“Today, I am filled with mixed emotions," said Canetti. "I love this club, cherish my time here, and feel sadness about it coming to an end, but I am confident that is the right time to move on to the next challenge. And with this next challenge comes the opportunity to work on something vitally important to the game of soccer and our community, and that’s ensuring that Houston secures World Cup matches in 2026.”
Canetti, the 2008 MLS Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year, came to the Dynamo from the MetroStars, where he was assistant general manager.