MLS: Matt Jordan is out as Houston Dynamo general manager

In one of the first moves since the Houston Dynamo was sold, the MLS club parted ways with senior vice president and general manager Matt Jordan.

Jordan, 45, had held the position since 2014 after coming over from the Montreal Impact, where he served as technical director for four years.

The Dynamo was an MLS powerhouse in the first decade after its move from San Jose, winning MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007, its first two seasons in Houston, and reaching the final in 2011 and 2012. But it has made the playoffs only once in the last seven seasons, reaching the Western Conference final in 2017.

Houston has had one of the smallest budgets in MLS in recent years. Its only major signing in 2021 was Zimbabwean defender Teenage Hadebe. He has played every minute in nine games since arriving from Turkey this summer but has not yet been part of a winning effort.

The Dynamo sits in last place in the Western Conference with a 3-9-10 record. It has a 14-game winless streak, the longest in club history.

Ted Segal, who recently took over an majority owner, issued a statement on Monday:

“After spending the last several weeks observing and evaluating a number of facets of our organization, I determined that it is in the best interest of the Club to go in a different direction with our soccer operations leadership. I want to thank Matt for all of his contributions to the Dynamo. He added to our championship history, aligned the Dynamo Academy and the first team, and was extremely generous with his time and knowledge as I prepared to take stewardship of the Club.”

Jordan spent 12 seasons in MLS as a goalkeeper and also played in Denmark after starring at Clemson University.
 
Matt Jordan (left with draft pick Andrew Samuels and head coach Wilmer Cabrera at 2019 MLS SuperDraft): Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire.

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5 comments about "MLS: Matt Jordan is out as Houston Dynamo general manager".
  1. humble 1, August 31, 2021 at 4:15 p.m.

    Sheesh.  What a mess. Dynamo are right there with RSL inspite of new ownership. MLS needs to get a grip. They are focused on expansion, while existing franchises are going backwards.  This is the history of the league repeating itself.  They have not learned.  They are playing in almost empty stadium in Houston.  I feel bad for the dude that calls trying to sell season tix and packages, hard sell.  Houston is one of the largest metro areas in the U.S. and one with a huge soccer following in the latino community.  So you can't compete with the local latino leagues?  Are you a serius club?  Recently we've seen the Crew almost go under, rescued by fans, the city and county and local businesses inspite of the league pulling the plug on them.  I guess they are busy reading about what a great expansion job they've done, patting one-another on the back, and forgot to work with their existing franchisees.   The MLS (Next) was not ready for DA closing and ECNL boys created a massive youth league while they slowly assembled MLS Next.  USL has already built a 4 tier nationwide league, with a large footprint across the US and now MLS is going take their ball and walk away to create MLS2.  [Waiting with baited breath.]  My guess is so long as MLS is run by business people, not soccer people, they will continue to expand, which they are good at, but many of their franchisees will struggle and possibly fail or be 'relocated', because the business people running MLS really do not understand futbol.

  2. Santiago 1314, September 1, 2021 at 12:03 a.m.

    Let's Hope Tab can "Ride Out" the Storm... Dynamo Need a Leader on the Field... Tab has been great National Team Coach/Assistant... Not sure he is Cut out for the Day-to-Day Club Coach... And current Roster has Good Technical players but No Brains and No Leaders/Finishers...Ahh, for the days of Ching, Davis,  Clark and DeRo

  3. Sean Guillory, September 1, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.

    A club in one of the largest cities in the US(4th) and their Academy system is abysmal.  When was the last time you heard of a Dynamo Academy player get transferred to Europe?  Does not happen.  This is the root of their problems and until that is fixed you will continue to get crap on the field.

  4. humble 1 replied, September 1, 2021 at 10:52 a.m.

    Maybe the academy will be looked at when they have a replacement.  There are a lot of folks working extremely hard in the academy but the bottom line is that they have ranked and performed in the lower echelons of MLS academies for over a decade.  They have the facilities, the staff and the payroll and the raw material in Houston youth to be a top academy.  A budget payroll club that cannot produce from their academy is going to be hard to stay out of the MLS basement.  In it's current form the academy is essentially a factory for college players.  For them to change their tragetory they need bold moves and will need to invest.  Watch what happen in Austin with their acedemy.  Claudio Reyna did it in NYCFC and I don't doubt he will do a better job in Austin.  If Austin builds a successful academy, that will really say a lot about Houston.  Dallas already has theirs.  It is not rocket science, nor is their setup proprietary.  Anyone who cares to can see how Dallas build their hybrid residential academy, how it is embeded in the community and and how they run it.  No excuses! Make it happen! 

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, September 1, 2021 at 12:06 p.m.

    Seems to me, the Logistics of An Academy Based in the South Side of Downtown is too hard to get to in Houston Traffic... Not sure there is a Solution, except for Residential Academy... Which only the Lower Soci-Economic Groups will take advantage of... Not sure the Surburban kids/PARENTS are willing to Travel 2 hours(one way) it will take in the Traffic, they can get a Scholarship thru Local Clubs(Little Interest in Turning Pro)...Always been the problem in Greater Houston Area 10,062 sqMiles ... Sort of the same issue for Dynamo Drawing Fans to the Downtown Stadium... Been the same issues for 40 years (Hurricane, Dynamos, Hotshots, Dynamo)

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