Who Replaces Owen Coyle in Houston?

With Owen Coyle out as head coach in Houston, the Dynamo will now be on the search for a new boss.Who’s next? The Dynamo currently sit in last place in the Western Conference and face a very steep uphill battle to contend in 2016. So, is there new boss a look to the future or do they genuinely think they can turn things around quickly? Let’s take a look at a few of the possibilities to replace Coyle.

Wade Barrett – Barrett lifted two MLS Cups as captain of the Dynamo in the mid-2000s and is the lone holdover on the coaching staff from Dominic Kinnear’s tenure. The biggest plus I see with hiring Barrett is that it could buy the team some time with the fan base to do a proper rebuild. A former captain and fan favorite would be given a much longer leash than many coaches. Barrett has apprenticed under both Kinnear and Coyle and the time could be right for him to slide in to the head job.

Wilmer Cabrera – The current Rio Grande Valley FC coach (the Dynamo USL affiliate), has experience as a head coach, including in Major League Soccer. Cabrera has coached United States youth teams at multiple levels and was the last coach Chivas USA ever had. While at Chivas USA, Cabrera coached Dynamo designated player Erick Cubo Torres. If Torres is a building block of this new regime, and he should be, Cabrera could be a favorite for the job.

Jason Kreis – The former Major League soccer star turned coach is the name on everyone’s lips nowadays when a coaching position opens up in the United States. Kreis was unceremoniously dumped in November 2015 after just one year at New York City FC and has been unemployed since then. The pedigree in MLS is there as Kreis won MLS Cup in 2009 with Real Salt Lake, a team similar to the Dynamo in that they don’t have the biggest of budgets. Kreis has been recently helping with Jurgen Klinsmann’s US Men’s National Team staff.

Frank Klopas – Klopas was head coach of the Montreal Impact for 2 seasons and worked under then technical director Matt Jordan. Jordan is now the Dynamo general manager, so there are ties. Prior to coaching the Impact, Klopas was technical director for the Chicago Fire and later spent two years as their head coach. Success hasn’t exactly followed Klopas in MLS but a coach with experience on the field and in the front office, and who has ties to the current GM, can’t be overlooked.

John Spencer – Spencer hasn’t coached since 2012, when he was fired by the Portland Timbers, but he spent five seasons on the Dynamo bench as an assistant under Kinnear. The former Scotland international also coached the Dynamo Reserves, leading them to the 2008 Reserve Division Championship. Spencer led the Timbers to eleven wins in 2011 as an expansion team but was relieved of his duties after a slow start in 2012. If the team wants a nod to the past and someone with ties to the organization, Spencer may get a look.