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Montreal fires Remi Garde, hires Cabrera

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The slumping Montreal Impact have fired coach Remi Garde, turning to a familiar MLS face.

Garde, the former Lyon and Aston Villa manager, leaves with the team in the East’s last playoff spot.

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Montreal is 1W-6L-1T in its last eight matches, allowing 12 goals in the three most recent matches. The latest was a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas in which the Impact led 3-0 in the 59th minute at home.

Wilmer Cabrera, the ex-Houston and Chivas USA boss, will aim to keep the playoff place safe starting with a 401 Derby versus Toronto FC this weekend. He’ll also have a two-legged Canadian Championship affair against the same rivals in September.

“We hope to bring back confidence to this group of players for the last stretch of the season, to get a playoff spot and to perform in the Canadian Championship final,” said Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore.

Garde boasts the best winning percentage in Montreal history at nearly 44 percent. That’s not an outstanding number, but the Impact’s deficiencies have been in defense. Garde’s teams scored goals, they just couldn’t prevent them.

As for Cabrera, he led the Dynamo to the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. What will he do with an interesting variety of attackers and some sketchy defenders?

Dynamo fire head coach Wilmer Cabrera after 2.5 seasons

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Dynamo have fired coach Wilmer Cabrera after two and a half seasons.

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Assistant coach Davy Arnaud on Tuesday was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.

The Dynamo are 9-13-3, good for ninth place in the Western Conference.

Houston opened the season 7-2-2, the best start in team history. In their last 14 MLS games, the Dynamo are 2-11-1. In all matches, they are 3-12-2 since their fast start.

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In a statement, Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan thanked Cabrera for his hard work and dedication and said the team would benefit from a “fresh perspective” as it makes a push to qualify for the playoffs.

Cabrera was the third head coach in club history and had a 32-39-22 record in the MLS regular season since taking over before the 2017 season. He led the Dynamo to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship last year.

MLS Conference Finals: Toronto, Seattle on collision course?

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The ties are leaning away from the underdog stories as the MLS Cup Conference Finals reach their second legs.

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Reigning champs Seattle are 90 minutes away from a return to the final after scoring a pair of away goals in Texas, while Toronto needs a win at home to bring out the fine china for a rematch of the 2016 title game at BMO Field.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew — 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Scoreless after one leg

The good news for Columbus Crew is that a scoring draw is good enough to take them through to a second MLS Cup Final in three seasons under Gregg Berhalter, taking the embarrassment of owner Anthony Precourt’s public desire to relocate an MLS original club to Austin, Texas.

The bad news? That scoring draw has to come at noisy BMO Field against the team with the best record in MLS history, a Toronto FC bunch which will be welcoming Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco back to the fold after suspension.

Columbus has veteran savvy and some wild cards like Pedro Santos, but it’s going to take a lot of defending to handle TFC’s field-switching work and busy full backs (let alone Altidore and Giovinco).

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo — 10:30 p.m. ET Thursday
Seattle leads 2-0

Clint Dempsey is among the most important and accomplished players in American history, and his work since returning to Major League Soccer certainly ticks a lot of boxes: influential, clutch, prolific.

He’s helped the Sounders to an almost insurmountable advantage. At home for the second leg, the Sounders can make Houston’s task near impossible just by scoring a goal.

That said, Wilmer Cabrera is a heck of a coach and has assets that can attack and fire at will. While it may be improbable for Alberth Elis and Erick Torres to spring a massive comeback in Washington, it’s not quite impossible. That’s about as much as we can give the orange-clad men from Texas.

Report: Houston close to landing Olympic hero Elis

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Do you like to be entertained? The Houston Dynamo may be booking you tickets for a summer of fun thanks to one electric young Honduran talent.

Reports claim that Alberth Elis could be headed to Major League Soccer with Wilmer Cabrera’s Dynamo. UPDATE: Elis has signed with Houston.

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The 20-year-old attacker is currently property of Monterrey, and has 15 caps with three goals for Honduras. He had two goals and one assists in five matches during Honduras’ Olympic run.

The thought of him running wide could set the Dynamo forward corps up for some easier goals (maybe even rebirth Will Bruin).

He was even better in qualifying, as U.S. fans learned first hand.

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Dynamo officially name Wilmer Cabrera as head coach

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Following a third straight year without playoff soccer, the Houston Dynamo have turned to face in an attempt to revitalize the club.

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The Dynamo announced on Friday that the team has hired Wilmer Cabrera as the organization’s fourth head coach in franchise history, following a recent coaching stint with the Dynamo’s USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.

“I am excited to join the Houston Dynamo. It’s a great club with a great history, and I am ready for the challenge,” Cabrera said via a press release from the club. “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.”

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Cabrera, 48, holds a wealth of experience as both a player and manager, which includes his playing days with the Colombia national team during the 1980s and 1990s. The former defender previously managed now-defunct MLS side Chivas USA as well as the U.S. Under-17 national team.