With two games left in the MLS regular season comes the announcement than an institution may be changing institutions.
Houston Chronicle sportswriter Jose de Jesus Ortiz is reporting that Dominic Kinnear, the only manager is Houston’s MLS history, is leaving the Dynamo to get closer to home. No, not Scotland, where he was born but to California where he grew up.
San Jose will be the place, and the Quakes staff has known change was a-brewing after a miserable season. Kinnear is the only coach in Houston’s existence, winning two titles and going to four championship games in nine seasons.
The native of Glasgow, Scotland, was three years old when his parents moved from Scotland to Fremont, Calif. He and his wife, Colleen, still have most of their immediate family in the Fremont-San Jose area.
The Dynamo gave Kinnear permission to interview for the Earthquakes’ job in late September, and the meeting with Earthquakes officials took place earlier this month.
Kinnear began his coaching career as an assistant with the first incarnation of the Major League Soccer Earthquakes in 2001. He helped coach Frank Yallop lead the squad to MLS titles in 2001 and 2003. He was promoted to head coach of the Earthquakes in 2004.
It’s a coup for the Quakes, who have stumbled down the stretch under Canadian coach Mark Watson. San Jose hasn’t won since Aug. 2, a streak of 13 games, and Watson’s current record as Quakes boss is 20W-19L-20D heading into the final two games.
Apparently the move won’t be as contentious as Oscar Pareja’s move from Colorado to Dallas, which is good news for everyone. Now who will become the second head coach in Dynamo history? Could it be respected one of Houston’s respected assistants, Wade Barrett or Steve Ralston, or will the Dynamo go outside the organization?