Wilmer Cabrera named Dynamo head coach

Wilmer Cabrera has been named the Houston Dynamo’s head coach, the team announced Friday.

Cabrera is the fourth head coach in the club’s history.

“I am excited to join the Houston Dynamo,” Cabrera said Friday. “It’s a great club with a great history, and I am ready for the challenge. I look forward to working with the ownership group, management, our staff and the players to return the Dynamo to the level that the club and our fans deserve and expect.”

Cabrera, 49, was previously the head coach for the United States Under-17 Boys National Team and the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the Dynamo’s hybrid affiliate in the USL. Cabrera was also the first Latin American head coach of a U.S. national team.

Cabrera’s MLS coaching career began in 2012 as an assistant under current FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja for two seasons with the Colorado Rapids before he was head coach of Chivas USA in 2014, the club’s final season in MLS.

"This is an important time for the Dynamo organization and an important appointment in the process of returning the club to its winning ways,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “The management team and the board of directors underwent a thorough and collaborative review of the coaching decision and we confidently agree that Wilmer is the right choice for us at this moment."

Cabrera follows Dominic Kinnear (2006 to 2014), Owen Coyle (2015 to May 2016) and Wade Barrett (May 2016 to October 2016).

(© 2016 KHOU)


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